Hassan wrote back just before the Timberlane event, granting the request.
“I commend all of the Timberlane seniors and others who have recognized the need to promote compassion,” she wrote. “You have shown wisdom beyond your years, and I am encouraged, knowing that after you graduate you will take this message with you beyond the Timberlane community.”
In her proclamation, Hassan encouraged all residents to reflect upon how they can serve their community in a more compassionate way on Sunday.
There are no official events planned for Sunday by the school or the state, but Scott Strainge hopes the community will find a way to practice compassion individually.
“It doesn’t have to be a grand, sweeping gesture,” he said. “It can be taking time to play with your little brother or making the time to go to the beach with your parents.”
Strainge said he has emailed local high schools, explaining the Day of Compassion and asking them to plant a tree Sunday in Dube’s honor.
Collyer said he hopes to gather a group of friends to commemorate the day.
“If there’s a way we can gather and acknowledge this, I certainly would want to do so,” he said. “But I hope that we can continue to make this grow.”