The French Honor Society and the club A World of Difference invited Mepham students and staff to wear the colors of the French flag in a gesture of solidarity and peace recently.
Students and staff gathered after school for a photograph behind the aptly-colored banner created by Mepham Social Studies teacher, Mr. Henry Dircks. The banner reads "Vive la liberté” (long live freedom.)
Faculty advisors for the French Honor Society Betsy Siegelaub and A World of Difference club advisor Josephine Parlagreco were instrumental in organizing the effort after students Melissa Rosenberg, Kristina Schwab and Kelsey White emailed Siegelaub, asking how they could raise awareness after the Paris attacks.
“I felt that the most meaningful yet simple and feasible activity was to invite the school to wear the flag colors and then take a picture to document it,” Siegelaub explained.
In the background of the photo are the 275-plus American and military flags planted recently by the senior class as part of a service-based project to thank service members and raise money for the organization, Tuesday’s Children.