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Berkmar High works diligently to combat drug use among students, partly spurred to action by an incident last fall when three Berkmar students overdosed on fentanyl-laced pills and vaping devices while on campus. School officials, fortunately, used overdose reversing drugs to save the students.
When school officials sought a locale to host a recent drug awareness event, they turned to Plaza Las Americas, a 195,000-square-foot multicultural retail and entertainment center in Lilburn that provides a safe, inclusive environment for everyone.
This past Saturday, Berkmar officials shared the podium with partners GND Public Health, local hospitals, the Gwinnett District Attorney’s Office and others to host the event at Plaza Las Americas.
“Principal Durrant Williams gave us a call in December and explained the unfortunate drug situation that they experienced on campus,” said Marissa Allen, Plaza’s marketing coordinator. “From there, we planned this event together to keep kids off drugs and keep their futures bright.”
Facilitating the awareness meeting was no big stretch for Plaza Las Americas. The mall’s reach extends beyond international retail and food offerings. It’s long been a community anchor for events that address quality of life and showcase cultures. A Chinese New Years Festival takes place Feb. 24.
“Plaza Las Americas wants to be a meeting place for everyone where all are welcome,” Allen said. “We plan to host more diverse, multicultural events to bring in everyone and show them that Plaza Las Americas is a place for them.”
Because of its all-inclusive commitment, Plaza Las Americas is our February Citizen(s) of the Month.
In 2022, the mall was the 2022 inaugural recipient of Gwinnett County’s 2022 Standard Bearer Award for the “Place” category – a provider of an inclusive environment that fosters community. The Lilburn City Council recognized the business with a City proclamation.
“Plaza Las Americas is a place for anyone interested in different cultures,” Allen said. “Lilburn and Gwinnett County as a whole are extremely diverse areas. It’s becoming its own melting pot of different cultures and people from all backgrounds.”