The Third Annual KIDSBRIDGE WALK2STOP BULLYING, held on June 8th, 2014 was a success! Taking place The College of New Jersey’s (TCNJ) campus, the 1.5 mile walk began on the mall near student center and ended at an open house in the Tolerance Museum where docents gave tours, answered questions, and provided strategies on various subjects including bullying prevention and character education.
Approximately 400 participants enjoyed breakfast foods and beverages while listening to the upbeat music played by D.J. Mike Galvin from MG Entertainment. There were also several kids’ activities meant to get everyone moving and in the mood to walk, including hula hoops, juggling, frisbees and face painting. Children and adults alike were encouraged to create posters promoting their family or group’s efforts, and created personal messages that answered the question, “WHY DO YOU WALK2STOP BULLYING?”
New to many enjoying the Walk’s festivities was hip hop rapper Substance. Substance and her posse of dancers really got the crowd going as she performed her anti-bullying anthem, THE WIZ IN ME. As a victim of bullying herself, this very personal song expressed how hurtful – and lasting – the scars of bullying can be. Check out the link to hear THE WIZ IN ME http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTZ_n-k7tDU.
Immediately following, Kidsbridge honored the winners of the Young Humanitarians Awards for 2014. Students were nominated by their teachers for their extraordinary act of kindheartedness or service to the community, or demonstrated peaceful resolution of a conflict, compassion for the less fortunate, and/or kindness to all living things and the world in which we all live. Two adult awards were also given to teachers for outstanding school leadership in a character education program, or those that have opened the eyes of their students by guiding them to consider activism, volunteerism and acts of good will.
Executive Director, Lynne Azarchi states, “Bullying generally begins in the elementary grades, peaks in the sixth through eighth grades, and persists into high school…and on to adulthood. The hurtful scars from the torment, embarrassment, and bullying remain throughout a victim’s lifetime – whether seen or unseen.”
Kidsbridge Board President Frank Lucchesi notes, “Bullying is a problem that negatively affects us all. We all know children, friends, family members and coworkers who can quickly share personal stories of being bullied. Bullying is a problem that has to be stopped.”
A special thanks to presenting sponsor Philadelphia Insurance Companies and inspiration sponsors PSE&G and Wawa. Thank you to other corporate sponsors, including: GluckWalrath LLC, AK Environmental, PNC Bank, Source4Teachers, Stark & Stark, and Wells Fargo.
“Kidsbridge wishes to send a heartfelt ‘thanks’ to all our volunteers. An event like this could not be successful without your efforts. And of course, ‘thank you’ to the walkers for your participation, enthusiasm and support” said Azarchi.
2014 Photo Gallery
Frank Jacobs, Photographer
Presenting: Philadelphia Insurance Companies; Inspiration: PSE&G, Wawa; Intervenor: Gluck Walrath LLP, AK Environmental, PNC Bank, Source4Teachers, Stark & Stark, First Choice Bank, NJ Manufacturers Insurance, Sodexo; Honorary Walk Chairs: Michael Gluck & Brian O’Reilly
The Second Annual KIDSBRIDGE WALK2STOP BULLYING was held on Sunday morning, June 2, 2013 on campus at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Although temperatures were in the upper 80s, the light breeze helped keep volunteers and walkers alike from getting too overheated or feeling too uncomfortable. On this hot day, spirits were high and the two-mile loop was just long enough for the almost 500 kids and adults – along with a few dogs! — walking to raise awareness and funding to combat bullying.
- Registration – all participants received a Walk2Stop Bullying T-Shirt and wrist band
- Activities for kids and youth – fun face painting, Kids’ Home Depot Building Project, Hula Hoops, Frisbee and Football toss
- Grammy winning kids’ entertainer Miss Amy — who performed some of her hits got the crowd stretched, energized and ready to walk!
- A station to make sign and banners – to make personal statements about what the Walk means to you and why bullying and cyberbullying need to be addressed NOW!
- Refreshments: Coffee, juice, bagels, fruit and breakfast bars
There was a brief presentation on stage announcing the 2013 winners of the Young Humanitarian Awards. Honored youth were nominated for their humanitarian efforts by school principals, teachers and counselors in Mercer County. Click on the link to learn more. 2013 Young Humanitarian Award Winners
An open house in the Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum was featured. Located in Forcina Hall on TCNJ’s campus, Kidsbridge is the ONLY youth dedicated anti-bullying museum on a college campus in the United States.
Kidsbridge wishes to thank our presenting sponsor WELLS FARGO, and other generous sponsors including: PSE&G, Wawa, Gluck Walrath LLP, Source 4 Teachers, Philadelphia Insurance, Gluck Family Foundation, Phoenix Advisors, Janney Montgomery Scott and PNC Bank. Without their support and commitment, the Walk would not take place, and would not have been the fun event it was!
On behalf of our honorary Walk Chairs Michael Gluck of Gluck Walrath, LLP and Brenda Ross-Dulan of Wells Fargo, and our Walk Co-Chairs Amy Gonzales and Stephanie Wall, thank you to our Kidsbridge staff and Board, our many volunteers, our talented performers and of course, our Walk participants for making our 2013 Walk such a success!
2013 Photo Gallery
Presenting: Wells Fargo; Esteem: PSE&G; Intervenor: Geltzer Family Foundation, Philadelphia Insurance, Source4Teachers; Admiration: Gluck Walrath, LLP, Phoenix Advisors, Adventure Aquarium, AK Environmental, Capital Health, Gluck Family Foundation, Janney Montgomery Scott, PNC Bank, Withum, Smith & Brown; Angel: First Choice Bank, NJ Manufacturers Insurance, Spectra Energy, Stark & Stark; InKind Donations: Home Depot, Mercer County Park Commission, Sodexo.
2012 Inaugural Walk
2012 Video Gallery
The inaugural KIDSBRIDGE WALK2STOP BULLYING was held on Sunday morning, June 3, 2012 on campus at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Walking around a two-mile loop on what was a beautiful weather day provided an opportunity for kids, educators, families and community members to rally together against bullying. Plenty of enthusiasm, many smiling faces! Children, youth and adults alike showed that they were happy to participate and wanted to stomp out bullying!
The main event was the Walk itself, but pre-Walk festivities included Grammy winning kids’ entertainer Miss Amy, kids’ activities and an open house in the Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum. Food and drink fueled out walkers before the inaugural start.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor WELLS FARGO, to our Kidsbridge staff and Board, our many volunteers, our generous sponsors, our talented performers and of course our Walk participants. Without all of you, the event wouldn’t have been the success it was!
2012 Photo Gallery
Presenting: Wells Fargo; Ally: PSE&G; Intervenor: Gluckwalrath, LLP, Janney Montgomery, Mac Title, TYCO International, WaWa; Admiration: AK Environmental, Geltzer Family Foundation, Phoenix Advisors, Stark & Stark; Angel: AAA Atlantic, Educational Testing Service, Rahl and Associates, Rubin, Ehrlich & Buckley.