These West Virginia kids aren't treating the teacher strike as a vacation. They're picketing too

Some West Virginia students joined their teachers during the multi-day strike.

(CNN)Many West Virginia students don't want more days off from school, but they do want their teachers to get better pay.

The eight-day teacher work stoppage has closed every single public school in the state and left more than 277,000 students with unexpected free time.
The strike was supposed to end last week after union leaders agreed on a 5% raise, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday evening. However, because teachers' demands were not met by legislators over the weekend, they are not returning to their classrooms just yet.
Although they are not happy about missing class, many students are rallying behind state educators.
    "I wish it wouldn't have come to this and that I was still in school, but I want the teachers to get the wages that they deserve, so I'm alright with it," says Victoria Blickenstaff, a sophomore at Fairmont Senior High School in the city of Fairmont.
    So, Blickenstaff and her classmates have been joining teachers on the picket lines since February 22.

    A hashtag takes off

    They share pictures using the hashtags #55Strong and #SecureOurFuture. The latter was started by a group of student organizers at Capital High School in Charleston.
    On February 21, they organized a purple-out across their school and neighboring counties to stand in solidarity with their teachers. Students wore purple to signify a combination of red and blue, the two teachers' union colors. Students from 18 schools across the state participated.