PARKLAND, FL- The 1200 building on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas campus is one that will forever be a reminder of the pain and tragedy that took place on February 14, 2018. Yet the building still stands today as it's considered a live crime scene and cannot be demolished until the trial comes to an end. For students, faculty, and staff of MSD, the building and its association with the tragedy is something they can't ignore as they walk around campus.
Community member Adrienne Auster felt called to action when thinking of her freshman daughter having to encounter the building on a daily basis. "I’m concerned about her emotional well-being as well as that of the entire student body, staff and their families," stated Auster. Auster organized a GoFundMe account to raise money to wrap the fence around building 1220 in banners featuring peaceful and calming scenery, an idea originated by Lori Alhadeff.
The initial goal of the GoFundMe project was $20,000 to cover the printing and installation of the banner. According to the GoFundMe account, $15,000 for materials and labor to produce and install the banners was donated by a friend of Lori Alhadeff. At that point, $5,000 was needed to make the vision a reality. Within a few days the goal was met and plans for printing and installation were complete. The banners will be in place in 2-4 weeks.
"It’s gut-wrenching to walk past the 1200 Building, but if I can give one child a little less trauma, with the addition of the landscaped fence, it will be worth it," added Lori Alhadeff.