MERIDEN — All city schools participated in a national “Walk In” event Thursday morning to show support for public education.
The event promotes schools by having students, teachers and staff walk into their buildings at the same time. At Lincoln Middle School, students gathered in front of the school to say the Pledge of Allegiance and hear remarks by Principal Dianne Vumback, Superintendent of Schools Mark Benigni, Mayor Kevin Scarpati, and student representatives before everyone walked in together.
“You can feel the excitement,” Vumback said.
Benigni said this is the first year Meriden has participated in the event, which is run by the American Federation of Teachers and the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS).
The event took place in more than 2,000 locations nationwide, said Matt O’Connor, Connecticut AFT communications coordinator. The goal was to “reclaim our schools” and highlight working together, O’Connor said.
Wilcox Technical High School also participated. Principal Joyce Mowry said the event included remarks from state Rep. Hilda Santiago, alumni and parent Carrie Mislagle, on the importance of the trades taught by technical schools.
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