October 15, 2013 was just like any other school day at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, OH… except the halls were silent.
The national Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity is held every October, as countless high school and college students take a pledge to remain silent for the day. Throughout this day, pro-life students are encouraged to assume an attitude of prayer and remembrance for those children lost to abortion. Like many students nationwide, the Chaminade Julienne Eagles for Life are active participants every year. However, this past year, the day had more of an impact than this pro-life club ever thought possible.
As CJ Eagles for Life began advertising for Silent Day and garnering participants, the number of students wanting to be involved kept growing. According to Victoria T., a Junior and officer for the pro-life club, the entire school was committed to participating by the time October 15th arrived. Even the faculty and staff joined the effort and participated alongside the passionate students. The red tape was seen on every uniform and in every classroom.
The CJ Eagles for Life had incredible success for their Silent Day, but that’s not all that they accomplished this year! The group also attended the National Students for Life Conference and the National March for Life, raised over $3,000 with a Bottles for Babies drive to give to a local pregnancy resource center, and showed Crescendo to their peers.
The club was overjoyed by the amount of participation and support the student body showed that day and throughout the year, and they are not alone. This is a growing trend that we are seeing across the nation. More and more high school students are joining the pro-life movement and making an impact at their schools and in their communities. High school pro-life leaders are leading their local 40 Days for Life campaigns, hosting regional conferences, and supporting pregnancy resource centers of their own accord.
We are excited to see how CJ Eagles for Life and other high school students continue to impact their schools and communities!