Savannah-Chatham Schools working to prevent violence

Savannah-Chatham Schools working to prevent violence
The Savannah-Chatham County School District is playing a role in making our communities safer. (Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham County School District is playing a role in making our communities safer.

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the school system will hold its first-ever Promoting Peace: Violence Prevention Conference.

Students in middle and high school are invited to bring their families to learn about ways to protect themselves and stop the violence.

This school district says its students are part of the community, and they want them to be the peacekeepers.

Thanks to a grant, the district is able to hold its first Promoting Peace: Violence Prevention Conference at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. The morning will begin at 8:30 a.m. with several speakers, and then participants will be encouraged to break up into groups to attend different sessions.

“It is an important topic because not only do we want our schools to be safe, we want our communities to be safe as large, and our students are a greater part of the community. So again, that’s why we say let’s take it to the community and not let it be only for students, but for it to be for those persons in our community as well. And the key thing about then event on saturday is it’s free. So, we thank the Mighty Eighth Museum for being our collaborative partner in this effort. Everything is free, all the workshops, everything will be free on this Saturday,” said Dr. Quentina Miller-Fields, Director of Student Affairs.

Some of Saturday’s speakers will include Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, Chatham District Attorney Meg Heap, and Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter.

The district says they aim to be a safe space every day for students so that they’re comfortable in expressing themselves and the problems they may be experiencing.

The conference should end Saturday around noon.

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