FORESTVILLE - Human trafficking has become a major problem all over the country. Forestville Central School is getting ready to make the community aware of how serious the issue really is.
Forestville Middle/High School will conduct Human Trafficking Awareness Week May 19-23.
The week's events will conclude with a two-hour student assembly and a community presentation from 7 to 9 p.m on May 23 in the auditorium.
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From left: Superintendent Chuck Leichner, District Clerk June Prince and President Sylvester Cleary at a recent school board meeting.
The program will feature a video presentation "Chosen" from Karen O'Hara and Shared Hope International along with presentations by Elizabeth Fildes in the Erie County Sheriff's office and an FBI agent in Homeland Security detailing the issue at a local, regional, state and national level.
In addition, the evening program will include a presentation by a local teen and her family highlighting their personal experiences with the "grooming" process for exploitation.
"This has affected the community and surrounding communities," Middle/High School Principal Patrick Moses said. "It will really hit home, making people more aware."
Moses added Silver Creek and Pine Valley school districts were interested in being part of the assembly as well.
Board member Bruce Ellis believes this will be an outstanding event for students.
"Human trafficking is a lot closer than we think," he said. "It has become a real concern for us."
Senior class officers Shamus O'Connor, Luke Burger and Lynanne Wooley and the Forestville Connection lead by Lisa Szumigala and the Forestville Clergy Focus Group have worked together to bring this event to their school and community.
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