Students observe Life Day
School seemed to continue as usual at Forest Lake Christian School recently, with lockers slamming shut and the newly fallen leaves crunching under students’ feet.
Yet, something was strikingly different in the atmosphere that day — it was silent. On Oct. 16, the high school students at Forest Lake participated in Life Day, a yearly nationwide event set apart to contemplate the issue of abortion and to focus on advancing the pro-life movement in the United States.
Once each student arrived on campus, he or she was given the option to take a piece of red duct tape labeled with the word “LIFE.”
By placing the tape on shirt sleeves and pant legs, students took a pledge of silence for the unborn.
With nearly two hundred students abstaining from conversation, the school campus was stunningly silent.
According to senior Hannah Burnett, the experience was powerful: “Watching an entire student body lose their voice for those who never had one (spoke) volumes.”
In addition, school hallways were darkened and decorated with student-made art portraying the perspective of the preborn.
Uplights highlighted their paintings of unborn children and poems that lined the walls. The day’s events culminated in a high school assembly, during which guest speaker Casey Vroman encouraged her audience to become involved in the pro-life movement.
As the West Coast Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America, an organization designed to educate students about the abortion issue and to create pro-life groups on campuses nationwide, Vroman challenged Forest Lake to be not only pro-life but to be “actively pro-life.”
Only by serving and sharing Christ’s unconditional love with parents considering abortions, Vroman pointed out, can the lives of the preborn be saved; a condemning, judgmental attitude has no place in the pro-life movement.
To be “actively pro-life” means to be gracious, understanding and willing to help, Vroman explained.
Following the assembly, the pact of silence was broken, releasing students to be strong voices for the rights of the unborn.
In the words of Mikayla Hankins, a senior who helped put together Life Day at Forest Lake, “Life Day was a moving experience.
It tugged on the heartstrings of our school and … provided us with the opportunity to make a difference in the views of our community.”
The potential for impact could not take place at a more opportune time, as a host of issues, abortion included, are being discussed around election time.
For information about the mission and work of Students for Life of America, visit their website at studentsforlife.org.
Makena Wong is a senior at Forest Lake Christian School and the associated student body president. She lives in Auburn.
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