Photos: Tejada ’23 Starts Gun Violence Awareness Initiative

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  • Students created ribbon pins during break.

  • Emma Guevara ’23 starts a pin.

  • Tejada, left, shows off her pins with Rowida Kassim ’24.

  • Maggie Clifford ’24 finishes a pin.

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Last week, Community Service Club leader Sylvia Tejada ’23 gathered Upper School students to make orange pins to spread awareness about gun violence.

Following the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, Tejada said she was motivated to start the initiative to continue advocating for an issue she has been speaking up about for years.

“After losing a friend in the Parkland shooting, I have tried to raise awareness through social media and educating my friends,” Tejada said. “After the most recent shooting, a lot of my old emotions came back.”

Students wore their pins on backpacks and clothing throughout the week to support the initiative.

“Spreading the word and making small steps in our community makes such a big difference, and I’m glad that I was able to initiate it,” Tejada said.