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​BCPS and United Way Team Up for Above the Influence March and Rally

Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Excellent News Feature and Photo Opportunity 
WHAT:  4th Annual Above The Influence March And Rally
  •  This annual joint effort created by Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the United Way of  Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse is designed to celebrate students in our  community making the right decisions – to resist peer pressure and to avoid violence and drugs.
  •  Currently over 60 schools and over 5,000 students are registered to attend.
  •  The rally will begin at Piper High School at 9:30 a.m. with a welcoming address by Michaelle Pope, Executive Director for BCPS Student Support Initiatives, the Mayor of the City of Sunrise and many more.
  • The march will then begin at 10 a.m. and will return to Piper High School where the performances and battle of the marching bands will begin.  Guest DJ and celebrity radio personality Papa Keith from 103.5 FM, The Beat, will be participating throughout as well.
  • Above the Influence is a national movement to encourage children to be themselves and not allow negative influences to affect them. The Above the Influence March and Rally takes the concept even further, urging children to persevere in the face of obstacles and to celebrate the wonderful opportunities that abound.  Students choose the negative influence they will remain above – such as peer pressure, bullying, alcohol, racism, etc. – and make banners with which they march.
  • In addition to the lead agencies for the event, collaborating partners include the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Sun Sentinel, SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco,) Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Florida Department of Children and Families, Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Broward County Health Department, Broward County, ESOL Department, OIC of South Florida, Action Marketing, Memorial Healthcare System. Choose Peace Stop Violence, Rotary International, Urban League of Broward County and many more.
  • Robert W. Runcie, Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools
  • Maria Hernandez, VP of Operations, United Way of Broward County
  • Michaelle Pope, Executive Director for Student Support Initiatives, BCPS
  • Michael J. Ryan, Mayor, City of Sunrise
  • Angel Gomez, Principal, Piper High School
  • Papa Keith, DJ at 103.5 FM, The Beat, radio station
  • Rachel’s Challenge anti-bullying speaker
  • Students of Broward County
WHEN: Friday, March 11, 2016
9:30 a.m.: Assemble at Piper High School.  Welcome address by Michaelle Pope, Executive Director for Student Support Initiatives, BCPS and Rachel’s Challenge Anti-Bullying representative.
10:00 a.m.:  The march begins from Piper High and returns to Piper High.
10:30 a.m.: The musical performances and battle of the marching bands.  
WHERE: Piper High School, 8000 NW 44th Street, Sunrise, FL 33351

For information visit browardprevention.org or contact the Diversity, Prevention & Intervention Department at 754-321-1655 and ask for Cynthia Tapia-Rodriguez or Andy Rodriguez.



About United Way of Broward Commission on Substance Abuse
United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse~(UWBCCSA) is a broad-based substance use/abuse coalition dedicated to empowering its diverse community to live healthy and drug-free. Its primary role is to serve as a coalition-building organization that brokers partnerships between federal, state and local agencies to foster, develop and enhance integrated counter-drug efforts throughout Broward County and to search for innovative and effective ways to address the issue of substance use/abuse. United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Substance Abuse has been the lead agency in applying multiple strategies to reduce underage drinking, Like UWBCCSA on Facebook at~www.facebook.com/uwbccsa. ~

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