CCPS Goes Pur­ple

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— Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools is a proud part­ner of Caro­line Goes Pur­ple, Septem­ber’s month-long cam­paign to build aware­ness of the crit­i­cal opi­oid epi­demic fac­ing our com­mu­nity.

Caro­line County, in part­ner­ship with Drug-Free Caro­line and other com­mu­nity part­ners, be­gan its cam­paign this year. Septem­ber marks Na­tional Re­cov­ery Month and pur­ple is the color of re­cover y.

Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools will be help­ing to ed­u­cate stu­dents and par­ents about the path­way to ad­dic­tion through­out the month of Septem­ber.

In sup­port of the cam­paign, stu­dents at Colonel Richard­son Mid­dle, Lock­er­man Mid­dle, Colonel Richard­son High, and North Caro­line High Schools will launch Pur­ple Clubs that will con­duct ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the school year to pro­mote preven­tion and aware­ness of the dan­gers of pre­scrip­tion drug and opi­oid use.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is an im­por­tant part of help­ing stu­dents nav­i­gate the stresses of high school with­out turn­ing to sub­stance abuse,” said CCPS Di­rec­tor of Stu­dent Ser­vices Derek Sim­mons. “Our hope is that the clubs and ac­tiv­i­ties will make stu­dents fully aware of the risks and dan­gers in­volved and help them de­velop the skills nec­es­sary to re­sist drug and al­co­hol use.”

Through­out the fall, each high school will also be host­ing Pur­ple Games that fea­ture ath­letes wear­ing one pur­ple item to com­mem­o­rate the event and build aware­ness. An­nounc­ers at the games will share mes­sages about how to pre­vent pre­scrip­tion drug abuse, and ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial will be avail­able for at­ten­dees. The pub­lic is in­vited to join CCPS for these Pur­ple Games to demon­strate their sup­port for stu­dent ath­letes mak­ing healthy choices. Colonel Richard­son High School • Sept. 25, 4 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. — Vol­ley­ball vs. North Caro­line • Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. — Foot­ball vs. Arcadia Oct. 1, 3:30 p.m. – Golf • Oct. 2, 5:15 p.m. – Girls soc­cer vs.

North Dorch­ester • Oct. 8, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Boys soc­cer vs. Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester North Caro­line High School • Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. – Foot­ball vs. Queen

Anne’s • Sept. 25, 4 p.m. – Girls soc­cer vs. Colonel Richard­son • Sept. 26, 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. – Boys soc­cer vs. Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester • Sept. 26, 4 p.m. – Cross coun­try • Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m. – Golf • Oct. 1, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Field

hockey vs. Eas­ton • Oct. 11, 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. – Vol­ley­ball

vs. Eas­ton The month-long aware­ness cam­paign will cul­mi­nate with two com­mu­nity show­ings of the film “If Only,” which chron­i­cles a teen’s path­way to ad­dic­tion. Screen­ings will be held at both high schools — 6:30 p.m. Mon­day, Sept. 24, at North Caro­line High School and at 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Sept. 27, at Colonel Richard­son High School. An ice cream will fol­low each screen­ing in the cafe­te­rias.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Staff and fac­ulty at Denton El­e­men­tary School wear­ing pur­ple in sup­port of Caro­line Goes Pur­ple. Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools is a part­ner with Caro­line Goes Pur­ple.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

North Caro­line High School Bull­dogs sported pur­ple socks for sub­stance abuse aware­ness against Eas­ton in 2017. This year, the Bull­dogs’ Pur­ple Game will be at 6:30 p.m. Fri­day, Sept. 21 against Queen Anne’s.

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