SALT LAKE CITY – The Longest Walk 5.2, on its cross country trip from San Francisco to Washington D.C., stopped at Horizonte High School, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to share their culture and message about the path of freedom from drugs and domestic violence with students.
Horizonte is a non-traditional high school where students come from all over the city and who have had challenges in their lives and education , due to a wide range of issues.They come to Horizonte to complete their education and flourish because they experience an environment where students come first and they are genuinely cared about by their teachers and encouraged to succeed amidst the many challenging situations in their lives.
Diversity is honored at Horizonte and the students embraced the LW5, as they touched their hearts, shared stories, encouraged the importance of education and shared their important message with the students.
The walk is collecting data that will be analyzed by Penn State University students who developed surveys questioning peoples history and how their past trauma is now affecting possible substance abuse issue and how domestic violence is impacting their lives. The Horizonte students and staff will be participating in the surveys.
Wendy Jack-Alvarado, a school social worker invited the LW5 to visit Horizonte High School.
“The walkers’ mission is in line with Horizonte High School motto, ‘As far as the mind can see, as far as the mind can reach,’” said Jack-Alvarado.
Joshua Bell the principal, teachers and students all welcomed the walkers and applauded their selfless act of compassion in crossing the country to search for the causes of drug abuse and domestic violence in order to find cures.
Long Walkers organized a presentation for the students where the walkers walked, drumming and singing around the auditorium. In the presentation, the walkers met onlookers who asked questions about what the walkers were doing, The walkers told them they were walking to find ways to help drug addicts and victums of domestic violence this was followed by a short statement with the reasons why each walker came on the walk, followed by questions by the students, that were answered by the walkers.
Walkers talk to students Picture by Carl ‘Bad Bear’ Sampson
Walking round auditorium
Simon Jones gives Gabby, a Horizonte student, a gift during presentation.
Bobby Wallace, LW5 National Chief, speaks to the students about the extreme importance of education.
Ray “White Hawk” St. Clair inspires the students with stories about the walk.