Oakcrest is proud to announce that it has been chosen to lead the 47th Annual March for Life. The March will take place in Washington, DC, on January 24, 2020.
Catalina Scheider Galiñanes ('21), President of Oakcrest's Respect Life Club, will also give a speech at the official March for Life Rally before the March begins.
“This year, the 2020 March for Life with theme, ‘Life Empowers: Pro-life is pro-woman,’ will be led by the all-girls school, Oakcrest,” says Andrea deLee, March for Life’s Director of Operations. “Oakcrest students will carry the March for Life banner in front of the world’s largest annual Pro-life event and will speak from the stage at the pre-March Rally.”
The March, whose mission is to end abortion by uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square, starts on the National Mall and ends at the Supreme Court building. Oakcrest has a long tradition of supporting the March for Life. Each year, the school closes on the day of the March so that students, faculty, and staff can all attend with their families. The Oakcrest School delegation is led by the student-run Respect Life Club, who carry the Oakcrest banner.
“As a school we have always been committed to building a culture of life, and so we are excited and proud to lead the March for Life this year,” says Oakcrest Head of School Mary T. Ortiz.
Oakcrest will welcome sister school Montrose School from Medfield, Massachusetts, at the March for Life as well. Fifty students and chaperones from Montrose will travel down to the nation’s capital, and Oakcrest will host a Welcome to DC party for them following the March. Jennifer Kilmer, a math teacher at Oakcrest and moderator of the Respect Life Club, hopes that the experience will spark friendships between Oakcrest and Montrose students that will continue into the future. “We would like to make this a tradition,” she says.