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2015-2016 Informed Families All Star Schools Recognized

Posted by Informed Families on June 26, 2016 at 9:43 AM

2 Florida Schools Selected & Honored For Prevention Success During 2015-2016 School Year

golden_star.pngThe sky’s the limit for these stars! Two Florida schools just earned bragging rights for their tremendous efforts to help prevent students from underage drinking and substance abuse. The All Star Schools were selected and recognized by Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, a 34-year-old Florida-based non-profit organization with a mission of helping kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free.

Freeport Middle School in Walton County, thanks to the efforts of Ambassador Laura Estes and the support of Principal Charlie Morse, and Olympia High School in Orange County, thanks to the efforts of Ambassador Molly Sidwell and the support of Principal Guy Swenson, were chosen among hundreds of schools participating in Informed Families’ Ambassador Program for their demonstrated dedication to year-round prevention activities and for their success in actively engaging students, parents and faculty in prevention.

“We are thrilled to recognize the outstanding efforts of Freeport High School and Olympia High School,” said Peggy B. Sapp, President and CEO of Informed Families. “Our All Star Safe, Healthy and Drug Free Schools know the importance of spreading healthy, drug-free messages to help students and families make smart choices surrounding alcohol and other drugs, ultimately saving lives. Our programs are designed to curb underage drinking, substance abuse and other risky behaviors - and the impact is real, thanks to the participation of our Ambassadors in schools across Florida – and especially our All Star Schools.” 

The Informed Families Ambassador Program offers students, families, staff and administration the tools to deliver fun and research-based year-round prevention campaigns at the school level and in the community. Ambassadors are trained on Informed Families’ Four Campaigns (Safe Homes Smart Parties®, Family Day®, Red Ribbon Week® and Lock Your Meds®) and receive all the tools necessary to reach students, families and community members with effective prevention messages. The All Star Safe, Healthy and Drug Free Schools made the greatest impact and achieved the highest outcomes out of hundreds of Informed Families Ambassadors during the 2015-2016 school year.    

Final_2016_RR_Theme_Banner.pngBoth winning schools received a certificate for their achievement and a $250 gift certificate towards 2016 Red Ribbon Week theme (“YOLO. Be Drug Free”) merchandise for the 2016-2017 school year.

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We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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