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Bridgeport Students Recognized for Completing Preparedness Course

BRIDGEPORT, CONN., April 4, 2013 – More than 130 fifth grade students from Bridgeport schools will be recognized at a ceremony for completing the Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program. The students will be recognized at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m. in the Bridgeport City Council chambers at City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace in Bridgeport.

The students are from the Black Rock, Luis Munoz Morin, Discovery Magnet, Blackham and Edison schools. Each student will receive a preparedness kit along with a certificate of completion.

• Scheduled to attend the recognition event are:

• Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Paul G. Vallas

• Bridgeport Assistant Superintendent of Schools Teresa Carroll

• Bridgeport Fire Chief Brian Rooney

• A representative of Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

• Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) Executive Director Robert Francis

• RYASAP Safe Asleep Program Director and STEP Coordinator Steve Pereira

• American Red Cross Senior Director of Community Preparedness Stacey Hafen

• Teachers from the students’ classes

The STEP program was developed by FEMA with the goal of preparing families for multiple hazards by educating and energizing students who go home and act as leaders in implementing key preparedness strategies with their families. In Connecticut, the STEP program is implemented by the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. In Bridgeport, STEP is organized and instructed by the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) and the American Red Cross.

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