MSD school shooting: Commemorative events and support activities

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Mary Lou Cruz, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Events and activities this year have been reduced to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. Following is a list of what’s planned, in-person and virtual, for the third anniversary honoring the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting. Also listed are continuing support activities for the survivors and those affected by the tragedy.

Service and Love, Feb. 8-12, Broward County Public Schools and their communities will observe the three-year commemoration of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. For more information visit, browardschools.com/serviceandlove.

Mindfulness Experience, 1:15-2:15 p.m. Feb. 11. Join virtually on Microsoft Teams for mind-body medicine techniques to reduce stress and build resilience. Presented by AmeriCorps Recovery Ambassadors to address the urgent need for a communitywide stress and trauma-relief response. See bit.ly/3aAutz6 and cmbm.org/our-work/comprehensive-wellness-broward.

Day of Service and Love, 7:40-11 a.m. Feb. 12. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will honor the memory of the 17 lives lost and those who were injured on Feb. 14, 2018, by engaging in a nonacademic service project on campus while adhering to CDC pandemic guidelines. See FAQs at bit.ly/2NY7E0s.

Spreading the Love, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 14. The Wellness Center will offer a safe space with a full day of programming. Activities include meditation, rock painting, snacks, bracelet making and a drum circle, among others. Eagles’ Haven, 5655 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs. 954-618-0350. See eagleshaven.org. Free wellness support groups available with reservation at 754-321-1590.

Community Commemoration, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Attend in-person at Pine Trails Park, 10559 Trails Ends, Parkland. Virtual attendees are invited to visit the city’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube live feeds. Commemoration will be conducted by spiritual leaders, followed by a short video and candle lighting. See cityofparkland.org.

City of Pembroke Pines Prayer Vigil, 6 p.m. Feb. 14. The community is invited to join the city in honoring the lives of the students and staff who lost their lives, and acknowledge the recovery and strength of the students, staff and families who survived. CDC pandemic guidelines will be followed. Charles F. Dodge City Center Plaza, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. 954-392-2116. See ppines.com.

Virtual Fundraiser: This is a community service project by the City of Parkland that has partnered with the Coconut Creek-based nonprofit Food For The Poor. This year, due to COVID-19, residents are asked to honor the 17 lives lost by donating online to this effort to change lives for the better. See bit.ly/2YHOT3p or visit foodforthepoor.org/msdcommunity.

Sun Sentinel staff writers Brett Shweky and Cindy Kent contributed to this report.

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