END Violence in Our Schools, Families and Neighborhoods!!!
Saturday, March 3, 2012 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm)
Violence in our schools continues to make headlines:
- Yesterday in Ohio, five high schools students were shot by a classmate. Three have died.
- Last week, a third grader was seriously injured at school when a classmate’s gun discharged.
- The week before, a Tucson high school girl was badly beaten after she reported bullying that she was experiencing. Allegedly, a message was passed around school: “Snitches will get stitches.”
Here in Tucson, a group of individuals and organizations have combined efforts to do something about this growing epidemic of violence and bullying threatening the safety and well-being of our youth.
A Youth and Peace Conference will take place on Saturday, March 3, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Alta Vista High School, 5040 S. Campbell Ave. Its focus: ending bullying and other forms of violence. Its goals: building peaceful, kind communities and creating healthy relationships in our schools, families and neighborhoods. The conference is FREE!!!! (A $2 donation is requested for lunch.) Child Care will be provided by Kindercare.
A full day is planned with workshops, performances, music and artwork for youth, interested adults and educators. Registration forms are available at: Alta Vista High School, Valencia Public Library (202 W. Valencia), Our Family Services (3830 E. Bellevue St.) and online at http://youthandpeaceconference.eventbrite.com.
Local elected officials have been invited to lend their support to create PEACE in our schools and communities. Funding for the Youth & Peace Conference has been received from the Cesar Chavez Foundation and Pima County Attorney’s Office.