Students and families in Alachua County have been invited to a COVID-safe Stop the Violence/Back to School Rally this Saturday, July 25, at 9 a.m.
This is the 21st year that the event will be held by the People Against Violence Enterprises (PAVE) organization. The event will be held at the Alachua County Fairgrounds at 3100 NE 39th Avenue as a drive-up event.
“Anti-violence messages will be playing on a large screen set up at the Fairgrounds and those attending will be able to listen on their car radios,” according to an ACPS press release. “Those messages will be delivered by local celebrities and officials.”
The first 3,000 students to come to the event will receive a free backpack and school supplies. The backpacks will be placed in the trunks of cars as they come up, and no walk-ups will be accepted.
“This year we had considered canceling this event due to the pandemic, but as a result of recent shootings and murders it served as a reminder that we must be diligent about educating the youth and parents in our community on violence prevention,” said Rev. Karl Anderson, the founder of PAVE, in the press release. “In these times we need to be ‘Together For Each Other’ more than ever.”
Call (352) 505-6839 or visit pavingpeace.org for more information about the COVID-Safe Stop the Violence/Back to School Rally.