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Students, others can make a difference in stopping bullying
Posted 1/22/2014 at 9:28 AM by Elizabeth H in Project News
Affiliate: Heartland

The Tennessean wrote:
nspired to make a difference, middle school students Lauren Jernigan and Laurelle Campbell have co-founded the Bee a Friend Campaign, a proactive bullying prevention effort, in partnership with Students Taking a Right Stand and the Nashville Predators. Here is their challenge to help change the world one friend at a time by being a friend.

Since elementary school, we’ve seen so much bullying that we’ve decided we want to make a difference by coming up with the idea of challenging people to be a friend to someone who doesn’t have one and might be lonely or sad.

As Students Taking aRight Stand, we had our idea presented at the STARS Peace Jam at Belmont University to Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi. This program pairs students with a Nobel Peace laureate to explore issues of peace, violence, social oppression and injustice to determine what they are passionate about. You then take this idea and make it into a peace project for your own school and community.

We were thrilled to announce the Bee aFriend Campaign at a news conference with the Nashville Predators’ Colin Wilson, who is already part of the team and just released our first public service announcement for the campaign at Saturday night’s Predators game.

We need everybody to go to STARS’ website, where you can find out more information and with your pledge receive the campaign T-shirt, wristbands, lip balm and more created by the people.

We also need more community, music, arts and sports leaders to join us as we make other PSAs, so please let STARS know if you can join our team.

You also can see our video in which we talk more about the campaign, and, if you make a short two- to four-minute video on how you are making a difference, you will have a chance o winning a pizza/dessert and more party!

Working together as a community one friend at a time can really make a difference in stopping bullying. Friendship will help end a lot of loneliness and sadness for people and we want it to help end bullying. Take our challenge to be a friend and help spread the word. We want everyone to have a friend in life!
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Elizabeth H wrote:
This is so cool!
posted 1/22/2014 at 9:40 AM
Dawn E wrote:
Wow! Fantastic!
posted 2/3/2014 at 5:39 AM