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Staples, Middle Schools Observe Walkout Day; Nursery School Celebrates Friendship

This morning at 10, students across the country walked out of class. They honored the 17 slain students and teachers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and demanded sensible gun legislation.

At Staples High School, well over 1,000 teenagers poured into the fieldhouse. Working with administrators and police, student leaders planned — and pulled off — a powerful program.

Superintendent of schools Colleen Palmer praised the high schoolers for their organization, passion and sincerity.

A portion of the large crowd in the Staples High School fieldhouse. (Photo/Charlie Colasurdo, courtesy of Inklings)

Nationwide, educators working with younger students grappled with how to handle the day in an age-appropriate manner.

Bedford and Coleytown Middle Schools held their own assemblies.

Children at Green’s Farms Nursery School are young enough to be shielded from the horrors of school murders.

But they honored the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students at the same time — 10 a.m. — with a “friendship assembly.”

They observed a moment of silence, sang a friendship song and read a special story.

Then they created a friendship mural, to send to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Greens Farms Nursery School students create a “friendship mural.”

Unsung Hero #2

Pat (Vaast) Workman was born and raised in Westport. She graduated from Staples High School, then Bay Path College.

For over 30 years, she has taught at Greens Farms Nursery School. It’s not easy working with 4-year-olds — but her patience, love and wonderful ways with young children has prepared hundreds to head off to kindergarten.

It is easy to forget your nursery school teacher. But wherever Pat goes in Westport, kids run up to say hi.

And their parents. She’s taught a surprising number of moms and dads of children she now has.

Pat and her husband Jim have been married for 47 years. He happily shares her with her students. She spends countless hours at home, working on projects to help inspire them.

Congratulations, Pat — you’re “06880”‘s Unsung Hero of the week!