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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School *UPDATE 2/19, 5 p.m.

Monday, February 19, 2018
Update Regarding Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Including
Family Assistance Center, Statewide Candlelight Vigil and Donation Information

Our hearts remain with the victims and families affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, as our community copes with the aftermath and recovery process from this senseless act of violence.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High remains closed on Tuesday, February 20 and Wednesday, February 21, 2018. The goal is to allow staff to return to campus by the end of the week.

Family Assistance Center
The District, in partnership with the American Red Cross and federal, state, local and community agencies, continues to address immediate needs and provide support for those impacted by this tragedy, through the Family Assistance Center (FAC). The FAC, located at the Parkland Recreational and Enrichment Center, 10559 Trails End, Parkland, FL, 33076, which offers expanded services, including:
  • Counseling/Spiritual Care 
  • Crime Victim Services and Victim Compensation
  • Drivers Licenses and Identification Documents
  • Health Care Assistance
  • Language Translation
  • Travel Assistance
The FAC is open now through Friday, February 23, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

How the Public Can Help:  
In response to the outpouring of requests from across our community and across the nation for ways to help the victims and their families, the Broward Education Foundation (BEF), the 501(c)3 which supports Broward County Public Schools, established a GoFundMe account at gofundme.com/stonemandouglasvictimsfund.

In addition, the BEF has launched a mobile giving text-to-donate campaign. A text sent to “20222” with the message “PARKLAND” in all caps  will forward a $10 donation to support the victims and families of this tragedy.

PTA Organizes Statewide Vigil Tonight, February 19, 2018, at 7 p.m – Broward Locations Listed Below

Tonight, Monday, February 19, 2018, at 7 p.m., the Florida PTA, will hold a statewide candlelight vigil to remember and honor the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High tragedy. The following are the four Broward County candlelight vigil locations:

Please keep the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community in your thoughts and prayers. 


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About Broward Education Foundation:
Established in 1983, Broward Education Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3, supports Broward County Public Schools by funding innovative teaching to advance Pre K- 12 achievement; by providing critically needed school supplies for Title I school students, and by awarding scholarships for qualified high school seniors. Each year, Broward Education Foundation contributes more than $3 million to Broward County schools, serving as the catalyst for educational excellence. For more information, call 754-321-2030, visit www.browardedfoundation.org, like our Facebook page at facebook.com/browardeducationfoundation or follow us on twitter @BrowardEdFound.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.    For more information, please visit redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.