• April, 2018
    From the Desk of Matt Hornbeck

    HHA middle school students Ashlynd Burney, Alden Edwards, Asiane Phillips, Samantha Nestor, Ella Marsalis, and Vivi Kaminaris are the leaders of a newly formed Student Action Committee.  The Action Committee, on their own, planned and conducted a walkout of nearly every 6-8 grade student to coincide with the one month anniversary of the tragic event at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.  Dozens of HHA elementary age students participated in the walkout with their parents as well.  The Committee drafted a statement of purpose and educated their peers to make sure everyone knew why the walkout was taking place.  You can see their full statement attached to this news magazine.  Along with their peers across the country, these brilliant and compassionate young people are leading the way towards a sensible approach to gun control laws to make our schools, cities and communities safer.  You can listen to WYPR’s Dominque Maria Bonessi cover HHA’s walkout at www.hha47.org – News Stories.   A number of HHA students and their parents, including Asiane Phillips and Alden Edwards, participated in the historic national “March For Our Lives” in Washington D.C. on March 24th to lend their voices to the national conversation.  More than 500,000 people marched in D.C.  There were similar marches in every state and around the world.  Asiane was featured talking about gun violence on Midday with Tom Hall (http://wypr.org/programs/midday).  Alden was interviewed by public radio at the march.  You can see photos of students standing for what they believe in D.C. at NPR: Students Make Their Stand in D.C.  With the help of BUILD, the Action Committee is planning their next steps and will participate in a May meeting between City Police Commissioner De Sousa and students. The entire HHA community is grateful for our student leaders and their powerful voices.  

    Matt Hornbeck, Principal