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As a part of the ongoing education and awareness the Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying in Alexandria invites the public to participate in Unity Day the second Friday of each month. On that day, city staff and Alexandrians of all ages are asked to wear green to show their support for a Bully-Free Alexandria. Social media users are also encouraged to hashtag posts and photos with #Green4BullyFree.
During October, National Bullying Prevention Month, Alexandria hosted a series of activities to raise awareness about how to identify, respond to, and prevent bullying. The activities included sports days, family nights, school and recreation activities, a youth poster contest, and more. Participants at each activity had the opportunity to pledge their support and receive information and resources on how they can help reduce bullying.
The Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying was started in the summer of 2014 by then-Mayor William D. Euille. Over the last two years, city agencies, school system, community organizations, youth leaders and community residents have worked together to increase the awareness of the negative effects of bullying and to prevent bullying among Alexandria’s youth.
The Miracle League of Alexandria received a donation from a child who chose to share half of their birthday gifts with our program. Thanks to Barb Royal of KidsCangivetoo.com who worked with the child and their parents for the wonderful donation.
Thank you for supporting the children and adults of the Miracle League of Alexandria!
Press Release from the City of Alexandria:
For Immediate Release: September 30, 2016
In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month this October, Alexandria is hosting a series of activities through the Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying. The campaign works to raise awareness about how to identify, respond to, and prevent bullying.
“Here in Alexandria, we have zero tolerance when it comes to bullying; kindness is a core value of our beloved, historic city,” said Mayor Allison Silberberg. “Bullying is a national issue that concerns us all, and its negative effects can last a lifetime. I ask everyone to learn the facts about bullying and to please join us as we stand together to ensure our City is a bully-free, accepting, and compassionate place for all.”
During October, Alexandrians are asked to wear green and declare their support for a Bully-Free Alexandria. Mayor Silberberg will issue a proclamation at City Council’s meeting on Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. Additional activities include sports days, family nights, school and recreation center activities, a youth poster contest, a citywide Unity Day, and more. Participants at each activity will have the opportunity to pledge their support and receive information and resources on how they can help reduce bullying.
Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society. More than 70 percent of young people nationwide say they have seen bullying in their schools, and 30 percent have admitted to bullying others. According to data from the 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Survey in Alexandria, nearly 25 percent of eighth graders surveyed and more than 13 percent of 10th and 12th graders surveyed reported being bullied at school. Membership in either bully or victim groups is associated with dropping out of school, poor social development, criminal activity and other negative long-term consequences.
This year’s Bullying Prevention Month activities are sponsored by The Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying, which was started in 2014 by former mayor William D. Euille. The purpose of the campaign, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is to wipe out bullying in our nation’s schools and communities. Over the last two years, residents, youth leaders, community organizations, City agencies, and the Alexandria City Public Schools have worked together to increase awareness of the negative effects of bullying and to prevent bullying among Alexandria’s youth.
For more information about the Campaign and a calendar of events for National Bullying Prevention Month, visit www.alexandriava.gov/EndBullying.
On behalf of the Recreation Department and the Miracle League of Alexandria, we would also like to thank Dick Bosman, former major league baseball pitcher for the Washington Senators, for reaching out to the Miracle League players to participate in the baseball clinic on Wednesday, August 10 at the Kelley Cares Miracle League Field. The children had a wonderful time participating in the baseball drills and having fun playing baseball with Mr. Bosman, Alexandria Police Officer Moore, other fellow police officers, Bill Rivers and recreation staff who assisted with the clinic. We are thrilled Mr. Bosman had a chance to meet and greet our and the Therapeutic Recreation/Miracle League Program participants. They were honored to have Mr. Bosman visit their home field at the Kelley Cares Miracle Field. Thank you Mr. Bosman for such a wonderful day and let us know if you would ever like to come back again for a visit.
From alexandrianews.org Courage to Live Big Mural Provides Inspiration by Katie Smythe
From the Gazette Packet front page Live Big
From NBCWashington Mural to Be Unveiled at Kelley Cares Miracle Field
Video of dedication event created by Kevin Cstll