The 3rd Annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying 5K is a family-friendly event held by the Pickaway County Family & Children First Council Teen Task Force Committee. Teen Task Force is a collaborative committee that includes schools, agencies, organizations and churches who advise the Council concerning teen health, teen life style issues, and transition of youth into adulthood. The committee is committed to keeping students safe while at school, in the community, and on-line and hosts this event for the purpose of being:
Supportive: A time for students, parents and communities to show they care Educational: An opportunity to provide information on how to address bullying Memorable: An event that inspires and makes a difference.
Over 13 million children will be bullied this year. In Pickaway County, bullying causes students to feel unsafe at school, and it is a prominent reason listed for low attendance and graduation rates. Research has shown that the effects of bullying on a child are felt immediately but can also be lifelong – or even tragic. That’s why Pickaway Teen Task Force is inviting the community to support the cause at its 3rd Annual ‘Be A Hero Against Bullying’ 5K Run, Walk, Roll on May 6, 2017.
“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,” “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.”
COSTUME CONTEST - Come dressed as your favorite Hero and show your support against bullying. Prizes will be awarded for the winning individuals and group participants who show their Hero Spirit in the most creative way.
All proceeds from the Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying will go to Pickaway Family and Children First Council: Teen Task Force to address the needs of families and teens in our community... Some of the initiatives of the committee include:
CONNECTIONS Youth Mentoring Program: The Connections Mentoring Program offers support for at-risk multisystem youth in Pickaway County by matching them with screened, trained volunteers. The purpose of Connections is to aid in creating nurturing and supportive relationships between children and mentors so children can grow to be assertive, capable and compassionate adults. Teen Task Force sponsored ten mentor relationships in 2016. Peer-Advocacy (school) Programs:Teen Task Force has successfully facilitated peer advocacy programs in three school districts (Westfall, Logan Elm, Teays Valley) and is planning the launch of a fourth program with Circleville Schools. These programs, driven by students, create a more positive, supportive and kind environment within schools. Club Future- Drug free clubs of America: Club Future is Circleville High School’s Drug Free Club of America program. Its members voluntarily pledge to be drug free and are drug tested at least yearly and five times randomly. The students are recognized with incentives both at school and in the community for their positive choices. Be a Hero Against Bullying – Run Walk Roll