About 350 representatives from the Diocese of St. Petersburg, including students, parents and administrators, headed to Tallahassee Tuesday morning to support tax credit for scholarships.
The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program is subject to a pending lawsuit, which could ultimately put the program in jeopardy.
Students, teachers and parents from St. Peter Claver Catholic School in Tampa say ending the program only hurts the most vulnerable - children. The program provides scholarships for low income students to attend private schools.
After their five-hour bus ride, participants will march from the Tallahassee Civic Center to the Capitol.
The St. Petersburg Diocese organized Bay area Catholic school students to march and support the tax credit program.
"It teaches him and other kids that at some point in your life, you have to take a stand for something you believe in," said Tammy Jefferson, who made the trip along with her son, a St. Peter Claver student.
According to the Diocese, there are almost 1,400 Bay area students who attend a private Catholic school on the tax credit scholarship, either partially or wholly.
St. Peter Claver Principal Sister Maria Bebatunde said those numbers make it worth fighting for.
"I think it is really important for the kids to know they have a voice," Bebatunde said. "And that is one of the things we're teaching them in school.
"Right now, we are their voice but also in a situation like this where they benefit from the scholarship, they have a voice as well."