An Open Letter to Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School



At Highlights, our core value is the idea that “Children are the world’s most important people.” We keep this idea front and center as we create magazines, books, and digital products that are “Fun with a Purpose.” 

We hope you have fond memories of Highlights—reading Goofus and Gallant, searching for small objects in our Hidden Pictures puzzles, and enjoying stories and articles chosen to help readers aspire to be their best selves. 

Although you have certainly outgrown us, we want you to know that you are on our minds, and we are proud as we see you present as your best selves. 

These past few weeks, we have watched as you passionately, bravely, and persistently tell your stories of survival, insisting that your voices be heard. We’ve been listening as you share your dreams for a better world where children can again feel safe in school and teachers can focus on teaching students and not defending them. We’ve watched you stand up to trolls, politicians, lobbyists, and naysayers of every ilk—respectful but resolute, confident that you are on the right side of history. 

We are watching and listening—and we share your vision for a better world. A world where children can focus on learning and teachers can focus on teaching without fear of tragedy. A world where people who need mental health care can more easily find it. 

It’s a long road to this better world, but you’ve already traveled quite a distance. 

Thank you for demonstrating what it means to be a caring, concerned citizen; for your clarion call to action; and for highlighting for your generation the importance of exercising the right to vote. You are the Gallants we hope all Highlights readers will grow up to be.

Christine French Cully

Christine French Cully is Chief Purpose Officer and Editor in Chief at Highlights for Children. As Chief Purpose Officer, Cully’s focus is on growing awareness and implementation of the Highlights purpose, core beliefs, and values—to help actualize the organization’s vision for a world where all children can become people who can change the world for the better....