The WE movement has begun locally, and local Grandview High School senior Alondra Perez has organized a huge event for 3,000 students at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

The event kicks off today (Nov. 15) at 9 a.m. and goes until noon. It will feature speakers and entertainment, and students will be bused in from area schools as far as away as Cle Elum and Prosser.

The WE Day at the SunDome is a version of the WE day that is held each spring in Seattle. The goal is to bring people together and give them the tools to make meaningful changes in the world.

Alondra wanted to "go big or go home" and has been aspiring to put on such an event since she was in eighth grade.

She approached Grandview's then-superintendent of schools, Kevin Chase, to get the ball rolling. Alondra established Hounds Have Heart as a community outreach service organization and has been tirelessly working toward making WE day a reality.

WE day at the SunDome will feature among others, Rust on the Rails and Austin Jenckes; and speakers such as Grandview's Gene Iwami, who founded the Extra Mile Student Center.

WE day attending students will have a chance to make a difference today as well. A Miracle Minute is scheduled for 11:15 a.m., when each student attending the event is being asked to bring at least $1 with them. They then will work to collect as much money as possible throughout the venue in a minute and together the students will make a big difference.

It's great seeing young folks like Alondra stepping up and making in a difference right here in our community.