ISHPEMING — NICE Community Schools are celebrating National Walk Out Day a little bit different this year in hopes of a more positive change.

“Our purpose is to make this a positive event we have invited the Ishpeming Township Police Department, Marquette Sheriffs department, and the Ishpeming Township volunteer firefighters. They’re going to come and join us and our students. We’re celebrating school safety and being kind to each other and respecting each others opinions,” said Bryan Augustine, Superintendent of NICE Community Schools.

Westwood high students know the importance of approaching changes in a different way than past generations. They had a chance to be an active positive part of bringing awareness to the area.

“Positivity has more effects than negativity does, you can be negative all you want but it won’t have the same effects that positivity has. Someone sees something positive they’re like yeah that might work. You continue to do it and hopefully eventually well increase school safety and become more of a community together,” said Matthew Simons, Junior at Westwood High School.

The Walk Out was completely voluntary for all students and faculty. Northern Michigan University and Gladstone held similar walk outs today.