The second annual 815 Choose Civility Summit will be held on Tuesday, October 2 from 12 – 2:30 PM at The Nordlof Auditorium, 118 North Main Street, Rockford. The Summit targets high school juniors and senior leaders and influencers who reside in the 815 area who are committed to making impactful change in their respective schools. 815 Choose Civility is a community initiative formed as part of Transform Rockford, a group working to transform the community from within with the goal of becoming a top 25 community by 2025.

The 815 Choose Civility Summit will feature a panel of experts, including Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, Winnebago Chairman Frank Haney, Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine, Rockford Police Assistant Deputy Chief Carla Redd and local students. Nicole Stein from WREX will moderate the program.

In addition, the program will include discussions on civility and what it means to be “civil,” fake news vs. real news and provide a collaborative activity on civility. At the conclusion of the program, a challenge will be pushed out to the schools and each student will sign and take the Civility Pledge, “I pledge to conduct myself in a way that is honest, respectful, considerate and kind, even toward those with whom I disagree.””

“The second annual 815 Choose Civility summit is a great way to inform and inspire our local students on the importance of civility,” said 815 Choose Civility Member and Attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson Sherry Harlan. “These students are the future of our community and the more we can educate them on civility, the better the chance they will take ownership and create a culture of civility in their own classroom and at home.”

To learn more about the 815 Choose Civility community initiative, visit the Facebook page  or contact Transform Rockford at (815) 977-5840.