Eighteen schools across the state of Florida, including seven in Miami-Dade County, have earned bragging rights for their outstanding 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 33-yearold Florida-based nonprofit organization with a mission of helping kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free.
The schools 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.
Selected Miami-Dade Schools are: Bowman Ashe Doolin K-8 Academy, I & B Peskoe K-8 Center, Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, Key Biscayne K-8 Center, Vankara Christian School, Sunset Park Elementary School and Glades Middle School.
“Spring is the season for school celebrations — and now 18 of the most dedicated schools in Florida have more to celebrate,” said Peggy B. Sapp, president and CEO of Informed Families. “Our All Star Safe, Healthy and Drug Free Schools understand the importance of spreading healthy, drugfree messages to help students and families make good 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 involvement of schools across Florida, and especially our All Star Schools.”
The Informed Families Ambassador Program offers students, families, staff and administration the tools to deliver 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 fun and research-based prevention messages. The 18 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 2014-15 school year.
Each winning school received a certificate of achievement and a $100 gift certificate towards 2015 Red Ribbon Week theme (“Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free”) merchandise.
For more information about Informed Families, visit informedfamilies.org, or call 305-856-4886.