The Rockville Centre School District will hold a walk-a-thon on Saturday to stand up to substance abuse, bullying and violence.
The event begins with registration at 9:45 a.m. at South Side High School’s track and field, followed by a ceremony at 10:15. The walk begins at 10:45 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear red and white.
“Rockville Centre Schools continue to make strong efforts to combat substance abuse and bullying and we know that parents and the community must be involved to make a difference,” reads a release from the district. “Our youth have been bombarded with so many challenges, that it seems nearly impossible to keep up with it all. And yet, we must. We cannot let them down as we strive to do everything possible to make their world a safer place, both physically and emotionally.”
Bagels and water will be provided to all walkers and community service certificates will also be available. There will also be giveaways, chalk drawing on the sidewalk, face painting and other activities. Following the walk-a-thon will be the Annual Family Fun Fitness Fair, which begins at noon and “offers families more entertaining ways to learn how to keep physically and emotionally healthy.” Community resources, support organizations, law enforcement, and medical providers will display their services and provide information.
“Let your children know how important issues of mind, body and soul are by sharing this community event with them,” the district writes. “By participating in these family-centered events, parents will be given a natural opportunity for conversation and dialogue about the experiences and messages of the day.”