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

Monday, March 09, 2015
 
WHAT:  
3rd Annual Above The Influence March And Rally
  • This annual joint effort created by United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse and Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is designed to celebrate students in our community making the right decisions – to resist peer pressure and to avoid violence and drugs.
  • The rally will begin at Pompano Beach Middle School at 10 a.m. with a welcoming address by Michaelle Pope, Executive Director for BCPS Student Support Initiatives. Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County, Mayor Lamar Fisher of the City of Pompano Beach, Brian Kingsley, Acting Chief Academic Officer of Broward County Public Schools and Donna P. Korn, Chair, School Board of Broward County, will also speak prior to the march.
  • The rally will then begin with a march to Pompano Beach High School and will culminate with a Rally at the high school, where students and their families will enjoy performances by step team dancers, cheerleaders, marching bands and youth poets from the Omari Hardwick Bluapple Poetry Network (part of the Jason Taylor Foundation).
  • 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.
  • In addition to the lead agencies for the event, collaborating partners include the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Baptist Health of South Florida, Florida Health Broward County-Tobacco Free Florida, Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Broward Health, Memorial Healthcare System, Anti-Defamation League, Hanley Center, MADD Florida, Health Foundation of Florida, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Florida Department of Children and Families, Icenter Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Pompano Beach, Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, Action Promotion, Anti-Defamation League and Sun Sentinel.
 
WHO:  
Robert W. Runcie,
Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools
Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County
Michaelle Pope, Executive Director for Student Support Initiatives, BCPS
Amalio Nieves, Director for Department of Diversity, Prevention and Intervention, BCPS
Mayor Lamar Fisher, City of Pompano Beach
Brian Kingsley, Acting Chief Academic Officer, BCPS
Donna P. Korn, Chair, The School Board of Broward County, Florida
Omari Hardwick Bluapple Poetry Network
Students of Broward County
 
WHEN: 
Friday, March 13, 2015

10 a.m.:
Welcome address by Michaelle Pope, Executive Director for
Student Support Initiatives, BCPS
10:30 a.m.:
 
The march begins to Pompano Beach High School
 
WHERE: 
Pompano Beach Middle School,
310 Northeast Sixth Street in Pompano, FL 33060
Pompano Beach High School, 600 NE 13th Avenue, Pompano, FL 33060
 
DETAILS:
For more information on Above the Influence, please visit www.ati2015.com. For questions, please contact Anita Fraley at afraley@unitedwaybroward.org or 954-453-3727 or andy.rodriguez@browardschools.com or 754-321-1624.
 
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About United Way of Broward Commission on Substance Abuse
Celebrating its 25th year in the community, 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.  
 
About Broward County Public Schools
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 99 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 135 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @Browardschools, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.