Students organizie Unity Project, looking for community support

Students of the Shenandoah County BioMedical Sciences Academy at Central High School are organizing what they are calling the Unity Project to promote kindness and harmony.

The first event is a walk to begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds to remember all the victims who died at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Tycara Scott, who will be a senior next year, is one of the student organizers.

“We are hoping we can unify the community to promote kindness. We think that will help stop the violence,” Scott said. “We want community support because we feel that unity will help keep us safe.”

The walk will be 18 miles and participants may choose which miles they want to walk. The 18th mile will be the Unity Mile and everyone is asked to walk the last mile, said BioMed teacher Melinda Walters.

Walters estimates the Unity Mile will begin at 2:40 p.m.

“Everybody is needed to come together,” Walters said. “We encourage everyone to come out to walk.”

The event organizers are seeking sponsors for the walk as well as vendors.

Potential sponsors can email Walters at mjwalters@shenandoah.k12.va.us for information.