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Day to Care to Bring Awareness to Need for Student Civic Activism

(Hartford, Conn.) On Wednesday, March 14, students at the CREC Academy of Science and Innovation, 600 Slater Road, New Britain, will participate in “Dare to Care,” a new initiative to promote middle and high school civic activism. The school’s Social Studies department has organized the event to foster student civil engagement. The objective is for young people to understand what meaningful change is and to examine how they, as teenagers, can become change makers.

Activities will start at 7:45 a.m. and end at noon. At 10 a.m., students and staff will participate in a memorial service on the soccer field for the 17 people killed on February 14 in Parkland, Florida. Members of the National Honor Society and the senior class will speak.

Students will also learn about the history of democratic activism in the United States and develop action plans for how to improve our country. In addition, they will discuss civic and social issues they care about, which include mental illness, teen activism in government, gun control, and spreading kindness. The public is invited to attend and join in their discussions.

According to Principal Robert McCain, “In the wake of the recent events surrounding gun violence, mental health debates, and various social justice movements, we thought it was important to give our students a platform to have safe, if difficult, conversations regarding these matters. This is not a political stance, protest, or rally. It’s an opportunity to teach our youth about civic engagement.”

For more information, contact Social Studies teacher Kristen Juda at or (860) 223-0726.

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