A candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, in Bush Memorial Center at Russell Sage College, 65 1st Street, Troy, N.Y.
The event will include remarks by Jerome D. Steele, Ed.D., director of the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for Mental Health and School Safety at The Sage Colleges and Michelle Thivierge, chaplain at The Sage Colleges. Seventeen Sage students will read the victims’ names and then light a candle in memory of each victim. The vigil is open to the public. Candles will also be provided for attendees.
The vigil has been organized by the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety at The Sage Colleges. The center works to raise awareness of student mental health, suicide prevention, trauma-sensitive schools, and school safety through public lectures and professional development for educators. The center was established in memory of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at Sage and principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., who was killed in a shooting at her school in December 2012.
For more information, contact Jerome D. Steele, Ed.D., assistant professor of educational leadership and director of the Hochsprung Center, at [email protected]