A symbol of hope and healing has been working it’s magic in the Upstate and will soon head to the Parkland, FL high school that was the subject of the latest mass school shooting.
A framed dreamcatcher that has been handed from school to school after incidents of campus violence has been in place at Townville Elementary since the tragic school shooting in 2016.
The dreamcatcher has also been at Columbine High School, Red Lake High School, Sandy Hook Elementary and Marysville Pilchuck High School. And on Thursday it will leave Townville and be delivered to students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL still reeling from the mass shooting on Valentine’s Day.
Anderson District Four Superintendent Joanne Avery says it’s more than just a dreamcatcher in a box – to her it was a reminder that the community could come out of the tragedy Townville strong.
Avery says though Townville Elementary and Marjory Stoneman Douglas are miles and states a part, the two are bound by tragedy and will get through this.
“It’s more than just a wooden hoop with feathers and beads…This dreamcatcher has a history– hanging in schools forever changed by gun violence,” said Avery.
She said the dreamcatcher is intended for protection, like catching bad dreams before they get through. She said it has also been a symbol of hope and healing for countless students.
“It is a wonderful gesture that a complete stranger who shared the story of other strangers is passing along something that was such a powerful important need at the time.”
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