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District invites community to Join In and support youth safety and well-being

       Addressing student crises remains crucial to the safety and well-being of students and to the educational mission of Pearland Independent School District. The district now highlights substance abuse prevention and gun safety and invites parents and the community to support these e­fforts by learning about the importance of firearm safety, strategies to identify and prevent substance abuse and how it relates to youth mental health.

       Pearland ISD’s third “Join In…Inspired, Informed, Involved” event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Virgil Gant Education Support Center, 1928 N. Main, Pearland, TX 77581.

       The agenda for the event includes a panel of counselors and two sessions. The first one, presented by Pearland ISD School Resource O­fficers Zenaida Davis-Woods and Ryden Cohen, will offer attendees an opportunity to learn about the importance of firearm safety, ways to keep children safe from guns, steps a child must take if they see a gun at school and how to teach children this information.

       The second session will highlight the dangers of Juuling & vaping, and will be presented by Santos Ramirez, Bay Area Council on Drugs & Alcohol. This presentation will provide parents with information about vaping drugs (nicotine, alcohol, liquid marijuana, etc) and knowledge to understand and identify the serious health risks of vaping, including drug overdose, instant high or drunk, alcohol poisoning, impaired thinking and decision making.

       Each session will be offered twice at 7-7:30 p.m. and 7:35-8 p.m., so attendees have an opportunity to participate in both.

       Additionally, from 5:30-6:15 p.m., event attendees will have the opportunity to interact with local mental health agencies through a Carousel of Resources.

       For more information, contact Chenda Moore, Coordinator of Guidance Services, at

       Pearland ISD encourages parents to join in campus and district efforts by attending meetings, trainings and events hosted by schools and district throughout the year, as a combined effort to help students understand they are not alone.