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Dating Violence Awareness Month: Weston Teen PeaceWorks plans events

Teen PeaceWorks members, from left, Brittany Gilmore, Heydar Ensha, Josh Malett, and Alexa Levine fill paper bags with candy and messages in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.

Teen PeaceWorks members, from left, Brittany Gilmore, Heydar Ensha, Josh Malett, and Alexa Levine fill paper bags with candy and messages in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. —Patricia Gay photo

The Teen PeaceWorks group at Weston High School has a lot of exciting things planned for February, which has been designated Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.

The goal is to raise awareness and protect teens from unhealthy relationships and dating violence.

The group, which is part of the town’s Domestic Violence Task Force, started things off on Monday, Feb. 4, at Weston High School by stuffing 500 paper bags with candy and a small piece of paper with a fact about domestic violence. The bags were distributed to students as they walked through the lobby at the high school.

Also on Feb. 4, in the library, several cardboard silhouettes were set up representing victims of domestic violence, with their stories printed on them.

On Monday, Feb. 11, the Domestic Violence Task Force and Teen PeaceWorks are doing a presentation at a meeting of the Commission for Children and Youth at 5:15 p.m. in the Commission Room at Weston Town Hall.

On Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, a video will be playing in the lobby at Weston High School created by Teen PeaceWorks for the One Billion Rising Campaign. The campaign is a global effort to raise awareness of victims of violence and murder.

Also on that day, adults in the Domestic Violence Task Force will be speaking about domestic violence to busloads of people in Weston before they head off to the March for Change rally in Hartford.

Upcoming events include a talent show in May at the high school, and the planting of a butterfly garden at the Lachat property on Godfrey Road West. In September, the group plans to hold a butterfly release event there.

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