Thursday, February 26, 2015

Due to inclement weather, the Anti-Bullying and Cyber-Bullying event has been postponed until further notice.




In observance of International Stand Up to Bullying Day on Friday, February 27, 2015, the City of Garden Grove will join others across the globe to speak out against bullying by hosting an anti-bullying and cyber-bullying prevention event at Village Green park from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015.

The two-day event is part of the local “Not One More” campaign devoted to raising awareness of the serious and complex issues of bullying, as well as finding private funding streams to provide supplemental anti-bullying resources in local schools.

The campaign was started several years ago by Garden Grove resident, Justin Phan. Phan began seeing the signs of bullying in his daughter, who is now six years old, and has a physical and mental disability. He hopes the campaign’s initiative will lead to solutions that provide a safe physical and emotional environment for every child.

Phan, along with local supporters, will display a vigil at the two-day event, consisting of 100 wooden figurines representing children around the world who have lost their lives as a result of bullying. The vigil will serve a dual purpose of providing a clear visual of the effects of bullying, while also honoring children who have died.

Special guests from the non-profit organization Challenge Day will host an interactive workshop during both days of the event. The workshop aims to provide teens and adults with tools to tear down the walls of separation and inspire participants to live, study, and work in an encouraging environment. Challenge Day has been seen on the Oprah Winfrey Show, MTV, and Prime Time Special.

In addition, a “Stand Up to Bullying Day in Garden Grove” proclamation will be on the agenda for the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

For more information about the “Not One More” campaign, please visit yolusa.com. For more information about the Anti-Bullying and Cyber-Bullying Prevention Event, call the City’s Office of Community Relations at (714) 741-5280.

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