When students at NOVA Middle School wanted to take part in the Global Climate Strike scheduled for Friday, September 20, faculty and staff heeded them. Impressed by a letter signed by over 85% of the student body, the school’s administration agreed to the request to reconfigure the school day. As a result, all those students who wish to participate in the day of action will march to the State Capitol on Friday morning, accompanied by teachers and parent chaperones.
Natasha Thompson, an eighth grader who helped spearhead NOVA’s participation, explained that the event was a valuable use of student time. “The more people doing just this small act of going on strike, the bigger the difference it will make,” she said. Head of School Barbara Mitchell Hutton said in a message to parents that “providing a vehicle for NOVA students to discover their passions, give voice to their concerns, and develop the skills to lead and influence the communities around them is deeply woven into fulfilling our vision of inspiring lifelong learning for a more compassionate, engaged world.”
Those students not taking part will arrive at school as usual. Participating students will be dropped off at a location downtown, where they will have a special session devoted to the climate crisis, before marching to the Capitol. At the conclusion of the event, school buses will return students to NOVA.