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Learn, Don’t Shoot. Message from Group to Returning Students.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — “No violence as you head back to school.” That positive message going out to students and parents Wednesday night by a local group in Springfield.
The group called : “One Springfield: Young People Stand Up,” held a rally at the Chestnut Middle School gym in Springfield’s north end.
Young singers took to the stage to spread positive messages. The youth-led organization wants to help rid the city of problems like street violence.

20 year old Armando Oliveras of the Mass Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor’s Violence Prevention Task Force organized the event.
Oliveras is also involved in “Project Coach.” He encourages families to get more involved in the lives of their children and their schools.
Oliveras says: “Its very important because everyone plays a role. Everyone plays a role in the city. Everyone plays a role in people’s lives. As long as we can come together and understand each other, young or older, as long as we come together and respect each other, I think this city has so much potential.”

“One Springfield” cites a spike in violence from June and through the summer.
Advocates say the more parents are involved with their children lives which includes their schooling, the better the chances they’ll steer clear of violence..


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