Press release from Sandy Hook Promise:
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), the nation’s leading gun violence prevention organization, is providing educational materials, training for schools, community activities, financial support, and technical assistance for select SAVE (Student Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Clubs in schools across North Carolina. Through these efforts, thousands of North Carolina students will receive training to directly engage in gun violence prevention.
“In light of the shooting and firearm related incidents that happened in the Charlotte-area earlier this month, including the tragic shooting that happened at Butler High School, we are eager to empower North Carolina students to Know the Signs to help prevent further school shootings, reduce bullying, and help create an environment of connectedness and inclusion. Students shouldn’t be afraid to go to school, as schools should be safe havens in every community.” said Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
SAVE Promise Club student leaders will attend one of two workshops hosted by SHP that will provide them with the tools to return to their schools to implement SHP’s effective violence prevention programs. The first workshop will be held in Raleigh, NC at the Pullen Park Recreation Center on Nov. 15, 2018, and the second workshop will be held in Concord, NC at Winkler Middle School on Nov. 16, 2018.
SHP will work with the SAVE Promise Clubs in the following schools:
Ben L Smith High School (Greensboro)
Canton Middle School (Canton)
Carrboro High School (Carrboro)
Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill)
Charles E. Jordan High School (Durham)
Columbia Middle School (Columbia)
E. A Laney High School (Wilmington)
East Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill)
Fairmont High School (Kettering)
Harding University HS/SAVE Promise Club (Charlotte)
Harris Road Middle School (Concord)
Hoke County High School (Raeford)
Jack Britt High School (Fayetteville)
James B. Dudley High School (Greensboro)
JN Fries Middle School (Concord)
Johnson Street Global Studies (High Point)
Optimism Preventive Services, Inc. (Georgetown)
Pinecrest High School (Southern Pines)
Robeson Early College High School (Lumberton)
Swansboro High School (Swansboro)
Southwest Guilford High School (High Point
Tuscola High School (Waynesville)
Warren County High School (Warrenton)
Weddington Middle School (Matthews)
West Charlotte High School (Charlotte)
Winkler Middle School (Concord)
White Oak High School (Jacksonville)
SAVE Promise Clubs at participating schools are led by students for students, which gives members the opportunity to lead the planning and execution of youth safety campaigns for their peers. The clubs plan activities around SHP’s Know the Signs violence prevention programs and other activities aimed at creating a safe and connected school and community environment. Club initiatives will also promote various national observances and events throughout the year, including SHP’s Say Something Week in February, Start with Hello Week in September, National Youth Violence Week Prevention Week in March and the National SAVE Promise Club Youth Summit in April.
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization BEFORE they happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.