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Bethesda school club helps host 250 teens nationwide attending March for Our Lives rally

Photo of Gabrielle Zwi. The teen and some of her high school friends created DC Teens Action with one of the goals to coordinate lodging for teens who want to participate in this Saturday’s March for Our Lives demonstration. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (Victoria Sanchez, ABC7)

High school students in Bethesda created a campus club to help fellow teens across the country participate in the March for Our Lives.

The group, called DC Teens Action, is responsible for finding more than 250 students, including from as far away as California, a free place to stay with local host families.

“Our goal was to get as many people to this march as possible,” Gabrielle Zwi said.

Zwi is a 17-year-old senior at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. She is determined to take a stand against gun violence and will be one of the thousands on Pennsylvania Avenue for the March for Our Lives.

Zwi and some high school friends created DC Teens Action with one of the goals to coordinate lodging for teens who want to participate in Saturday’s demonstration.

“It makes us all feel like we really do have a tangible effect on what’s happening,” she said.

Zwi says while her school club is working hard, the credit goes to the Parkland, Florida students who initiated the movement.

“Without what they’re doing, we wouldn’t have a march to be finding homes for, tons of other people wouldn’t be able to plan their own marches," she said. "And with the marches, aside from being a physical manifestation of how many people support this cause, it also gets everyone who’s involved in them and everyone who’s going there to get excited about things like voting and things like writing letters. It’s more than just a march, it’s really a chain reaction."

DC Teens Action is no longer taking host family volunteers but is collecting Metro cards and gift cards for food and poster making supplies until Friday. Click here to learn more.


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