George and Amal Clooney are looking to create a brighter tomorrow for their children, Ella and Alexander, especially where their school life is concerned. On Tuesday (Feb. 20), the Oscar winner and human rights attorney announced that they'd contribute $500,000 to the March For Our Lives movement on behalf of their eight-month-old twins. Oprah and Steven Spielberg have since followed suit and matched the Clooneys' donation.
In an effort to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings, the march was created by students and George and Amal are keen to do what they can to help. Along with the sizeable donation, the first-time parents revealed that their family plans on marching alongside the students and their families in Washington, D.C. on March 24.
“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” George, 56, said in a statement. “Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event." He added, "Our children’s lives depend on it.”
The March was organized by teenage survivors following the Valentine’s Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The massacre left 17 dead and injured more than a dozen. High school senior Emma Gonzalez, who has garnered the support of a number of Hollywood stars, gave a passionate speech at a rally in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, February 17. She said, “We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we’re going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America, but because...we are going to be the last mass shooting.”