"Project Purple" event promotes students' anti-drug stance
Project Purple
Posted on 01/11/2013
Approximately 300 Salem Middle School students, grades 6 through 9, recently joined together to make a pledge to make good decisions, stand up against drugs and alcohol, and learn to support each other as part of the Project Purple campaign at their school.

The first ever Project Purple Community Night, aimed at sharing the pride of students at Salem Middle School and their commitment to stand up against drug and alcohol abuse, will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the school's auditorium.  

The community is invited and urged to attend the 6:30 pm event to not only learn more about the Project Purple intiative, but also celebrate the youth and their courage to stand strong so that they learn to make solid life decisions tha twill lead them toward success.

Schools and community groups across the United States will be "Going Purple" in January to support Project Purple, an anti-substance abuse awareness program.  Salem Middle School has joined this campaign.

Approximately 300 students, grades 6 through 8, all wearing Project Purple T-shirts and wrist bands, joined together to make a pledge to make good decisions, stand up against drugs and alcohol, and learn to support each other.  The students were touched by a story that teacher and founder of Project Run 7000, Brad Spicer, shared with them about his struggles with substance abuse.

Project Purple is an initiative of the Herren Project, a non-profit foundation established by Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player, motivational speaker, author and sobriety advocate, that assists individuals and families struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Project Purple's goals are to create awareness and educate the public on the epidemic of substance abuse while encouraging young people, students, and people of all ages to make good choices and stand up to drugs an alcohol.  Project Purple gives youth tools, knowledge, and the courage and support to stand up against alcohol and drug abuse.

Community members are being asked to attend and stand with the students in their fight against substance abuse.  

Those that attend will see firsthand how Salem Middle School and the district are coming together and taking a stand to make a difference.  They would also like to see Project Purple in schools all around Salem County.

For more information, contact the school, located on New Market Street, at 856-935-2700.

Published, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, South Jersey Times, page B-2;   BREAKING NEWS:  nj.com/south 

Read more about Brad Spicer and Project Run 7,000 :

http://www.nj.com/south-jersey-sports/index.ssf/2012/11/former_local_basketball_coach.html