Wake County Schools

'Project Unity' tackles social issues at Garner High School

Posted March 30

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— A group of Wake County students have come together in an effort to open up the conversation about issues facing students and society as a whole.

At 2:45 p.m., classes at Garner Magnet High School have finished but, for about 50 students, the day isn’t over.

The students filled the seats in the school library Thursday afternoon to take part in the kick-off to a campaign called Project Unity.

The project is a student-run initiative, bringing volunteers together to talk about issues they feel are plaguing society at the moment.

“In order for us to have a real conversation about the issues, it has to start with us finding some common ground with one another,” school counselor Ashley Wilson said.

Project Unity is the brain-child of senior Alfredo Pinon Monroy, who started the campaign on social media over the summer. He said he received great response to his social media campaign, but he didn’t think much about reigniting it until recently.

“I felt a lot more division in my school than unity than any other year that I’ve been here,” Monroy said.

On Thursday, the campaign recruited more students and asked them to think about an issue they’re concerned about, write it on a card and post a picture of it on social media with the hashtag “#NCUnitedForChange.”

“We recognize that they have passion, they have concerns, and we want them to be able to channel that in the correct way,” Wilson said.

The main goal, Monroy said, is to open up a conversation.

“I’m happy to see that a lot of people are talking about it. I hope that we can continue this conversation so that we can do this more often,” he said.

Wilson said, moving forward, she hopes to help students continue to make their voices heard. She said one of the next steps will be teaching the kids how to write to their local and state politicians about issues they feel most passionate about.

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