Higgins Middle School students and staff will walk one minute for each of the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting in Connecticut.
Higgins Principal Todd Bucey says the walk will also be a fundraiser to support the victims and their families. Any interested students and staff are invited to wear green and white (Sandy Hook's colors), join the walk and offer a $1 donation (or more) to the Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund.
They can also donate a card or snowflake.
Bucey said a card/poster will be available for people to sign that will be sent along to Connecticut as well.
"From the minute we opened our doors on Monday, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from students and staff, wondering what they can do to help," said Bucey in a message to Higgins families.
"In the almost 18 years that I have been at Higgins, the compassion and thoughtfulness demonstrated by our school community never ceases to amaze me. The excitement surrounding this event is but one example," he said.
The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and will follow a route outside the middle school. During the course of the event, Peabody police officers will be on traffic duty at the school and helping supervise the walk.
The driveway immediately surrounding the school will be closed, starting at 9 a.m. and traffic will be diverted to a holding area.
Bucey said anyone who does need access to the school during the that time, however, will be allowed to get in, but otherwise parents and staff are asked to adjust their plans accordingly.
Friday's fundraiser is just one more way the community is showing its support -- the entire Peabody school community was encouraged to wear green and white Monday, a group of Peabody High students pitched in on a special community service project and a candlelight vigil will be held Thursday evening.