Orange and Maroon Effect


Discovery Educator Network
has decided to join other Virginia Tech families across the country who have
united to declare this Friday, April 20th, an “ Orange and Maroon Effect” day
to honor those killed in the tragic events on campus Monday, and to show support
for Virginia Tech students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and
friends.  To support those effected, the color scheme of all DEN blogs
will be changed to orange and maroon from Friday-Monday.  We encourage you to leave comments, messages of support or any general thoughts.

The VA Leadership Council


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  1. Katie Knapp, VA DEN Chair said:

    What a week this has been for our state and for all of those touched by this senseless tragedy. It is awesome to see the support of DEN. I am, once again, so proud to be member of such a wonderful network!

  2. Kevin Johnson said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all the Virginia victims of this tragedy. Thanks to DEN for bringing the Orange and Maroon Effect to the nation.

  3. Betsy Whalen said:

    The following was written and read by Poet Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of English Nikki Giovanni at the convocation held the day following the tragedy at Virginia Tech:

    We Are Virginia Tech

    We are Virginia Tech
    We are sad today
    And we will be sad for quite a while
    We are not moving on
    We are embracing our mourning
    We are Virginia Tech
    We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly
    We are brave enough to bend to cry …
    And sad enough to know we must laugh again
    We are Virginia Tech
    We do not understand this tragedy
    We know we did nothing to deserve it
    But neither does a child in Africa dying of aids
    Neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by a rogue army
    Neither does the baby elephant watching his community being devastated for ivory
    Neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water
    Neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of night in his crib in the home its father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destablized
    No one deserves a tragedy
    We are Virginia Tech
    The Hokie nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds
    We are strong and brave and innocent and unafraid
    We are better than we think
    and not quite what we want to be
    We are alive to the imagination and the possibility
    We will continue to invent the future
    Through our blood and tears
    Through all this sadness
    We are the Hokies
    We will prevail
    We will prevail
    We will prevail
    We are Virginia Tech

  4. Elaine Plybon - Texas LC said:

    My thoughts and prayers have been and will be going out to everyone affected by this.

  5. Carol Papuga said:

    I am so sorry about the tragedy at Virginia Tech. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Carol Papuga
    Orange Park, FL

  6. Maria Aguilera-Marquez said:

    My Thoughts and Prayers are with all those affected by such a tragedy. I know that we will prevail! God Bless each and everyone.

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