Students prepare to "March for Our Lives"

Some head to Washington, others staying local

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Hundreds of thousands of students from across the country are heading to Washington, DC.

Preparations are now underway for Saturday's "March for Our Lives."

It's an anti-gun violence rally organized by students.

While a number of local kids will be there, other similar events are also being planned back here in northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

An interfaith prayer vigil took place Friday evening at Saint Luke's Church on Wyoming Avenue.

It was the first of two events that will be held in the Electric City this weekend.

While some students from Scranton High School will be staying local to participate in events, a total of 42 others boarded a bus Friday to head for Washington, DC to demand legislative action in Congress that tackles gun violence and school safety.

"We want our message out there. We have a voice and we want it to be heard," Scranton High School senior Molly Rowlands said.

The rally in Washington, DC is planned by survivors of last month's school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead.

Scranton students say they want to take part because they're tired of being afraid to go to class.

"To be able to maybe tell my kids one of these days, that hey, I was part of this movement that changed the way our country operates is astounding," Scranton High School senior James Hamlin said.    

At the same time as Saturday's rally in Washington, DC, more than 830 similar events will be taking place all over the country.

In Scranton, a local "March For Our Lives" will begin at noon at the Olive Street Pavilion with speakers and performances.

People will then march roughly one mile to the Lackawanna County Courthouse.

"What we're looking to do is just make it safer," co-organizer Amelia Suraci said.

"Seeing the students step up and say 'we'll take control of our own lives if you aren't going to do it as adults, we'll show you the way"," co-organizer Sara Solfanelli said.

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the rally in Scranton.

Organizers reached out to local schools and places like the new teen drop-in center on Wyoming Avenue where kids immediately wanted to get involved.

"They were very interested and they were very honored to be invited to talk about this issue," Maureen Maher-Gray said.

Besides Scranton, several other communities including Stroudsburg, Milford, Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Lewisburg and Williamsport are all planning local events Saturday according to the national "March For Our Lives" website.


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