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Around 50 high school seniors who are part of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project are part of the three day event.
The students – from schools including Miami Northwestern, Central, Norland, Carol City, Hallandale and more – are taking part.
Dozens of students from schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties will be in the nation’s capital on Tuesday to share their experiences with school violence and proposals for gun law reform in the wake of recent school shootings – including the deadly February massacre in Parkland.
Around 50 high school seniors who are part of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project left Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport early Tuesday morning for the three day event in Washington D.C.
The students – from schools including Miami Northwestern, Central, Norland, Carol City, Hallandale and more – will be joined by students from across the county in meeting with politicians as well as get a firsthand look at government in action.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed on February 14th, are expected to join the group on Wednesday when they meet with members of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force – including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as South Florida members of Congress such as Reps. Ted Deutch and Frederica Wilson, the founder of the Role Models program.
Program members will also get a change to tour the city and visit educational and historical sites, museums and participate in other events.