Over 13 million children will be bullied this year. Not only are the effects of bullying on a child felt immediately, but they can also be lifelong – or even tragic. That’s why the City of Laredo Parks and Leisure Services Department (PALSD) Youth Council is inviting the community to support the cause at its 3rd Annual Anti-Bully Awareness Walk Against Bullying on Saturday, October 20, as part of PACER’s annual National Bullying Prevention Month.
The month is sponsored each year by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which is based in Minneapolis, Minn. and educates communities nationwide to prevent bullying through creative and interactive resources. Learn more about the PACER’s resources at PACER.org/bullying or by calling 952-838-9000.
The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a pledge signing, information booths and guest speakers followed by a 1.5-mile fun walk/roll at 10 a.m. at Blas Castañeda Park at 5700 McPherson Rd. The event is fee is free and everyone is encouraged to wear an orange T-shirt.
“Bullying can lead to painful results not only for the youth who are bullied, but for the students who engage in it, the school, and the whole community,” said Cristian Ruiz, PALSD Youth Council President.
“This is a very real and painful issue that kids are facing,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “But they don’t have to face it alone, and bullying can be prevented if we all work together.”
For more information for the event, please call Ms. Marina Garcia at (956) 795-3045.
Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides resources that are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities. It offers educators, students, families and individuals the tools they need to address bullying in schools, recreational programs or community organizations. For more information, visit PACER.org/bullying or call 952-838-9000; 888-248-0822 (national toll free).
About the City of Laredo Parks and Leisure Services Department Youth Council (PALSD)
City of Laredo PALSD Youth Council is a great way to have fun, get involved in the community and make a mark on the world. Our mission is to inspire, prepare, and unite youth to take action that changes the world and themselves thro