What: Anti-Bullying Day event
Where: Mill Creek Regional Park
When: Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Community members are invited to take a stand against bullying Saturday with a fun family-oriented event held at Mill Creek Park.
Bulloch County Commission Chairman Roy Thompson and William James Middle School 8tjh grader Elijah Benimon, a certified Bullying Prevention Specialist, will speak during the inaugural Anti-Bullying Day event, which will encompass a talent show, soccer team demonstration and workshop, drama club skits and “Statesboro’s largest Zumba class,” said Jeff Klare, who along with his wife Dr. Amy Kitching, own Statesboro Thrives Wellness Center. They are hosting the event.
Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch and commissioners issued a proclamation during Tuesday’s Bulloch County Commission meeting, declaring May 19, 2018 as “Bulloch County Anti-Bullying Day.”
Klare said he is excited about the day and hopes it will become an annual event.
“Anti-Bullying Day is taking off like I never expected,” he told the Statesboro Herald. “Wal-Mart, TC Outdoors, Deals Furniture & Mattresses, JC Lewis Ford and The Marsh Law Firm have stepped up to help cover the costs. Amazing how a community can rally together when needed.”
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to the public. Events include a scrimmage session and workshop with the Tormenta FC Soccer Team at 10 a.m., and those attending the session “will also be invited to the Tormenta FC’s home game later that evening to come on the field during half-time,” he said.
The day will feature “Statesboro’s largest Zumba class, a talent show, drama skits from Statesboro High School’s drama team and many other fun-filled activities,” he said. Vendors will have booths set up at the park, and concession stands will be open at Mill Creek Park as well.
“It’s time we come together as a community and focus on what is important,” Kitching said. “We hope by having this event we can create a better awareness of this important topic and find better ways to stop bullying, together.”
Klare said he was recognized for his efforts to address bullying by Fox 28 News in September as a recipient of the Jefferson Award for local contributions to the community.
He said then, he was chosen for national honors.
“I … received a call on Friday (May 11) that I was selected for national recognition from all the local winners and would be going to Washington DC to accept the award.”
For more information about Saturday’s Anti-Bullying Day events, call 912.243.9200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414