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Petersburg gears up for Choose Respect rally


Schools students and public officials will take to the streets today at 4 p.m. as part of a statewide Choose Respect campaign - bringing awareness to issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual assault and bullying.

“[This is] about problems in Alaska, as well as making people think about what respect means to them,” said event coordinator Jo Ann Day.

A march will go from Trading Union to Wells Fargo followed by a gathering at the Sons of Norway Hall.

The event will include several speakers including Police Chief Jim Agner and School Superintendent Robert Thomason. District Attorney David Brower will also attending the event, according to Day.

Working Against Violence for Everyone (W.A.V.E) will also participate. And a special recognition will go out to Petersburg High School sophomore Diane Murph, whose winning poster design was chosen by Governor Sean Parnell to represent the Choose Respect campaign.

The poster, which reads “Respect …Pass It On” was chosen from a number of entries from 30 schools.

Statewide, 122 different communities will be participating in events today to promote the campaign.

“I'm a huge backer of the concept of Choose Respect. It's a slogan for life, especially for domestic violence,” said Chief Agner. “Life is too short. It's so wrong that we are mean and vile to the people we love,” he added.

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