Drug Prevention Event – The Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night and Media Event 2015: Students Speak Out!
The drug prevention event the 11th Annual Courage To Speak Empowering Youth to Be Drug Free Family Night will take place on Monday, March 16, 2015, 5:45 p.m., at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, in Norwalk, CT (snow date: March 19). All are invited to the event, which will bring students, parents, educators, school and government officials, business and community leaders together to affirm their commitment to keep children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. A complimentary dinner will be served.
This exciting drug prevention event features students speaking about their drug prevention message from Brookside Elementary School, Ponus Ridge, Side by Side, West Rocks, Roton, and Nathan Hale, as well as a display of drug prevention posters and collages created by students during classes they’ve taken as part of the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Program. The evening also includes a presentation for parents and students by Ginger Katz, Founder and CEO of the Courage to Speak Foundation. All communities are invited to attend!
Norwalk’s Mayor Harry Rilling, Chief of Police Thomas Kulhawik and the Interim Superintendent of Schools will introduce the students who take the microphone and speak out with their vows not to use drugs. Senator Bob Duff will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
“Bringing students and parents together to talk openly and honestly about the dangers of drugs is the most important goal of Family Night,” stated Ms. Katz. “By helping our students become outstanding anti-drug advocates and mentors for their friends and younger siblings, we hope to eradicate the problem of drug and alcohol use among young people in CT and across the country.
About The Courage to Speak® Foundation:
The Courage To Speak® Foundation, Inc. exists to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free through fostering education and open communication about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use. Ginger Katz founded the nonprofit organization in 1996, just months after her 20 year old son Ian James Eaccarino died of an accidental drug overdose. She and her husband Larry pledged to do everything in their power to help prevent such a tragedy from happening to another family. The Courage To Speak Foundation develops drug prevention curriculum for elementary (based on Sunny’s Story), middle and high school students as well as for parents through Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101. Ms. Katz has given nearly 1,000 presentations to over a million young people and the adults who care about them. Please visit http://www.couragetospeak.org/