PARKLAND, Fla. — The therapy dogs that have been helping students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were featured in this year’s yearbook.

Fourteen dogs have been on the school’s campus ever since a mass shooting last year that left 17 people dead.
The dogs are a variety of breeds and have names including Daisy, Schooner, and Gail.

The yearbook advisor tells CNN the students and staff love having the dogs on campus. She says while fun, they do also bring a sense of comfort and calm to campus.
Luckily, the advisor and editors came up with the idea to include the dogs in the yearbook before “make-up picture day.” All the dogs looked their best for the photos. One even wore a bow tie.

The dogs’ yearbook page has apparently been a hit with all students. They even want the pups to sign their yearbooks.

In Other News:

Our hearts go out to all the friends and families of those affected by the shooting
in Colorado at the STEM School Highlands Ranch.

Parents and Surviving friends pick up their loved ones after a shooting at
STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver,
where eight students were shot, on yet another fatal day. This time … May 2019!



Credit Nick Cote for The New York Times

When Will This Madness End?

Thank You Kane Brown for this song American Bad Dream (courtesy of Sony Records) and for being you!

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Last month, as the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting approached, STEM School Highlands Ranch joined hundreds of schools near Denver in closing temporarily amid security concerns. The anniversary came and went, and schools returned to their routines.

But on Tuesday afternoon, the STEM school’s worst fears were realized when eight of its students were shot, one fatally — less than eight miles from Columbine — and two others were being held as suspects.

“We know two individuals walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school and engaged students in two separate locations,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock of Douglas County said at a news conference. “There were a number of students that were shot and injured.”

Eight students had been taken to area hospitals and “several” were in critical condition, the sheriff said, although local hospitals described their conditions as less dire.

Tony Awards: Parkland Shooting Survivors Deliver Emotional Performance of ‘Seasons of Love’

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ drama department perform a number from ‘Rent’ in a beautiful tribute to the power of strength, resilience, and the power of love.


How do you measure a year?

Well, at last year’s Tony Awards, Kevin Spacey was the host, making jokes about being in the closet. At this year’s Tony Awards, students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama department in Parkland, Florida, survivors of the school’s Valentine’s Day massacre, performed the emotional Rent classic “Seasons of Love,” to remember their slain classmates and also celebrate their strength, resilience, and hope for the future.


The segment began with actress Ming-Na Wen honoring Marjory Stoneman Douglas drama department director Melody Herzfeld, who received a special Excellence in Theatre Education Award, which goes to a K-12 theatre education in recognition of their impact on the lives of their students and includes a $10,000 grant towards the school’s theatre program.

Herzfeld is a 15-year teaching veteran who has directed more than 50 productions. On the day of the Parkland shooting, she sheltered 65 of her students in a small office for two hours until help arrived and she could lead all of them to safety. Since the Valentine’s Day massacre she has encouraged her students to use theater and music to work through their feelings, trauma, and resilience.

“For your dedication to the arts and for your tremendous love for the young people in your care, we, all of us, thank you,” Wen said.

Actor Matthew Morrison then came out to recount a benefit concert that he and several other Broadway stars had performed at along with some of Marjory Stoneman Douglas students. One of those students, Tanzil Philip, asked to appear on the telecast and give thanks in person to the Broadway community that “showed up in our time of need and brought some much needed light into the dark.”