Central Valley Academy halls were quieter than normal when several students took part in the National Day of Silence (DOS) along with thousands of students across the nation April 11. The purpose of the National Day of Silence is to promote awareness of anti-lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) name calling, bullying and harassment in a non-violent way. Students signed petitions pledging to be silent before and after school and in between classes. Students hope to create a safer school for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Teachers brought awareness into the classroom by allowing students to sit quietly or by having discussions about the meaning behind the DOS. Music Director Mark Bunce used the opportunity during his Performance Theatre class to teach silent expression through mime where students had the task of acting out a story through body movements without speaking. During chorus, students discussed the John Cage composition, Four Minutes Thirty-Three Seconds of Silence which was written intentionally directing musicians not to play, but to listen to the sounds around them during each movement of the composition.
The CVA Alliance Group’s goal is to promote awareness of social issues, acceptance of diversity and respect for all students regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion or socioeconomic status as well as teaching tolerance of others who are different. The Alliance Group decided to take part in the National Day of Silence to in an effort to bring the student body together in an effort to create a safer school for everyone by reducing harassment and bullying. Visit the National Day of Silence website for more information on the movement.