“A Day of Service and Love” to Mark 4th Anniversary of MSD Tragedy

On the four-year anniversary of the 17 lives lost and those injured on February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) will host its fourth annual “Day of Service and Love.” Staff and students are invited to participate in a number of service-oriented activities throughout the morning.

A Day of Service and Love” was created in 2019 by a committee of students, teachers and other contributors as a way to honor the victims of the Feb. 14 tragedy.

Students and employees will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m. on Feb. 14, which is a non-academic day for students and staff. 

“February 14th will be a non-academic day. This day will be a Day of Service and Love in honor of our 17 Fallen Eagles and those that were injured,” MSD Principal Michelle Kefford said.

For the fourth anniversary, MSD has organized numerous community service projects to partake in. The projects include maintaining Marjory’s Garden and improving the campus with campus beautification. Other options consist of “Feeding Our First Responders” breakfast where students and staff serve breakfast to the local first responders and a Mindful Morning with the MSD Mind-Body Ambassador Club.

Students can also choose not to attend school as an excused absence. The school day will begin at its regular 7:40 a.m. start time, but students will be dismissed early at 11 a.m.

At 10:17 a.m., all Broward County Public Schools will observe a moment of silent reflection in honor of the 17 lives lost and those that were injured on Feb. 14, 2018.

The 1200 building on MSD’s campus, where the tragedy took place, is expected to be torn down this summer, following the conclusion of the shooter’s trial. Jury selection for the penalty phase is expected to begin in February.