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More than 4,500 Students Participate in the Above the Influence March and Rally

Friday, March 13, 2015
More than 4,500 students, ranging from elementary through high school, united together on March 13, 2015, to walk from Pompano Beach Middle School to Pompano Beach High School in the third annual Above the Influence March and Rally. The event started at Pompano Beach Middle where students gathered to support their decision to live above the influence, standing up to negative pressures, such as drug and alcohol usage, as well as other influences with negative impacts. 

The festivities included marching bands, cheerleaders, drill teams and other student organizations from across the District.

In addition, this year’s event included a balloon release. Students from local schools including Northeast High School, Mirror Lake Elementary School, Apollo Middle School and J.P. Taravella High School, selected the No Place for Hate message for the special project. Students set the balloons free as a symbol of their commitment to releasing all forms of hate.

Once reaching Pompano Beach High, students re-affirmed their decision as a symbol to make positive choices and enjoyed student performances.  

Cheerleaders from Margate Middle School

Pictured: Cheerleaders from Margate Middle School march to Pompano Beach High School. 

Students releasing balloons

Pictured: Students working on the No Place for Hate project release balloons to urge students to
let go of hate.

Students from Watkins Elementary School

Pictured: Students from Watkins Elementary School walk with signs showing they are above the influence. 

Students from Blanche Ely High School

Pictured: Students from Blanche Ely High School show their support in making decisions above the influence.  

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