Speaking Out Against Bullying
Speaking Out Against Bullying, a partnership program between Toronto Arts & Culture, Toronto District School Board and charity Kill It With Kindness provided opportunities for children to engage in creative activities to explore their identities as individuals and a community and to reflect on the harm of bullying.
From March to June 2014, grade five students from William Burgess and Chester Elementary Schools worked under the guidance of professional artists to create poetry with anti-bullying messages and to learn the art of spoken word and performance. A Friendship Bench was donated to each school by Kill It With Kindness, leaving a legacy promoting compassion and understanding in the school and the wider community.
This book showcases the creative expression of the students who participated in the program and is a tribute to their collective efforts and contributions.
Anti-Bullying Friendship Bench Unveiled at East York Community Centre
Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) and City of Toronto staff joined members of the community to celebrate the donation of the Anti-Bullying Friendship Bench with an unveiling ceremony.
Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 4 to 5 p.m., Remarks: 4:15 p.m.
Location: East York Community Centre, 1081½ Pape Ave.
The Kill It With Kindness Organization donated a Friendship Bench where children and teens may tell staff, volunteers and even other children that they need assistance for bullying. The Friendship Bench represents support, understanding, empathy and love for others.