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West Orange Students Send $3,000 to Marjory Stoneman Douglas

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(L-R) BOE member Ken Alper, Principal Hayden Moore, junior Aysar Abdelgelil, seniors Brian Montoya and Nick Mongelli, and Mayor Rob Parisi. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Senior Desiree Rivera with her "policy and change" art installation. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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The T-shirt students created to raise funds for MSD High School. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Knowing that they wanted to do more than hold a memorial service for students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School in Parkland, FL, on Feb. 14, students at West Orange High School (WOHS) signed a banner and a check for $3,000 that were both set to MSD to show their support.

WOHS students held a memorial service one month after the shootings as well as a multi-media performance entitled "A Concert for the March of Our Lives" on March 23 featuring individual and group vocal performances, the Wind Ensemble, dance students, and Boys and Girls Step teams. Students also designed a T-shirt that they sold to commemorate their support of MSD.

On April 20, they held an anti-gun rally and senior Desiree Rivera created an original piece of art that was installed at the high school. Her artwork spoke against gun violence and listed the names of every person killed in school shootings since Columbine, including the Parkland victims.

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"I'm so proud of these kids," said Music Booster President Matt Mongelli. “They've worked so hard.”

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