Run, Walk, Roll Rally Set For This SaturdayOct 22nd, 2013 | By Submitted | Category: Front Page
Project Safe Zone, a Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative in the Madison County School District, is hosting its third Annual Run, Walk, Roll Rally on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Lake Francis. October 2013 is National Bullying Prevention Month, and the event will be a highlight of activities scheduled throughout the month. Parental and community involvement are essential for building sustainable solutions to education challenges like those facing Madison County, and positive behavior programs are crucial to that process. Consequently, when Project Safe Zone was launched, Project Director Octavious Tookes realized that a successful strategy must include an effective bullying prevention program. “Notable improvements were made last year, and now we must build on those to ensure lasting solutions. The community, and parents in particular, must participate in order to create meaningful results. The Run, Walk, Roll Rally is a wonderful means to that end,” Tookes noted. To guide the process, bullying prevention committees have been established at each district school, in addition to the mentoring and positive behavior curriculum. Reinforcing these internal efforts, Madison County’s civic, faith-based and business leadership have joined school planners to deliver community activities that increase awareness and promote the Run, Walk, Roll Rally, which exceeded 500 visitors last year. The third Annual Run, Walk, Roll Rally will feature musical and dramatic performances, as well as the personal story of a local teen who overcame the impact of peer bullying. There will also be free hot dogs and snacks, prize drawings, and lots of giveaways. All visitors are encouraged to wear orange, as it is the color of National Bullying Prevention. For additional information or to become a community partner, please call (850) 973-5034.