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Courage To Speak Presents Family Night Highlighting A Drug-Free Norwalk

The 11th annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth To Be Drug-Free Family Night will take place at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, March 16 at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road in Norwalk
The 11th annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth To Be Drug-Free Family Night will take place at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, March 16 at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road in Norwalk Photo Credit: iftin.org

NORWALK, Conn. -- The 11th annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth To Be Drug-Free Family Night will take place at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, March 16 at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road in Norwalk.

All are invited to the event, which will bring students, parents, educators, school and government officials, business and community leaders together to affirm their commitment to keep children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. Dinner will be served.

This event will spotlight the outstanding work and words of students who participate in the Courage to Speak Foundation’s programs taught by its health class teachers in Nathan Hale, Ponus Ridge, Roton and West Rocks Middle School as well as Brookside Elementary School and Side by Side Charter School.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, Chief of Police Thomas Kulhawik and Interim Superintendent of Schools James Connelly will introduce the students who take the microphone and speak out with their vows not to use drugs.

State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) will serve as master of ceremonies. On display will be the artwork created by the students during their drug prevention classes.

Event highlights include the students reading their drug prevention messages and the Courage to Speak Presentation for parents and students by Ginger Katz, CEO & Founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation.

“Bringing students and parents together to talk openly and honestly about the dangers of drugs is the most important goal of the Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night,” said Katz. “By helping our students become outstanding anti-drug advocates and mentors for their friends and younger siblings, we hope to eradicate the problem of drug and alcohol use among young people in Connecticut and across the country.”

In the event of inclement weather, a snow date is scheduled for Thursday, March 19.

For more information about the event, to become a sponsor and volunteer, visit www.couragetospeak.org call (877) 431-3295, email Ginger Katz at gkatz@couragetospeak.org.

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