WORCESTER – The kids involved in the Worcester Police Department’s Arts and Music Police Partnership [AMPP] music program have finished their tribute to the victims of the shootings in Parkland, FL and the students, teachers and families at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school.

The shootings occurred on Feb. 14, 2018, taking the lives of 17 people – 14 students and three staff members. Since then, the students have been working on writing and producing a song of support for the people in the Parkland area.

Kids in WPD's Music Program Release Video in Support of Parkland Victims 1

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As ThisWeekinWorcester.com reported March, AMPP Worcester is an alternative music program made possible through state and public grants. The program is focused on giving Worcester teenagers a chance to learn instruments and other music equipment as a way to develop their artistic talents and to give them an opportunity to pursue a music career in the future.

Worcester police officers Justin Bennes and Lt. Sean Murtha, along with local musician Johneric Lavergne have developed AMPP as a means to give Worcester kids another option other than athletics.

Their song — “17 Lives” — allows the students in the program to express how they feel about the shootings and show their fellow students in Parkland that they’re not alone.

To hear the inspiring music from the Worcester kids in the AMPP program, click on the video below:

For more information on the program, check out ThisWeekinWorcester.com’s feature story and the AMPP Worcester Facebook page.

Feature Photo: AMPP Worcester/Facebook

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