FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Press Contact:  Lynne Azarchi     (609) 581-0239     February 23, 2015     MEDIA ADVISORY

Kidsbridge Announces Three (3) NEW Youth Competitions and One (1) Educator Contest

UPstander / Bullying Prevention Competitions for Youth

  • Essay‘How to be an UPstander’
  • Art Poster“This is what an UPstander looks like….”
  • Video PSA“How to be an UPstander” (Middle school only)

The 2015 competition theme, “How to be an UPstander…” challenges students to design their own concept of how to be an UPstander – and then interpret that idea into an original video PSA, essay or work of visual art.

An UPstander is defined as “Someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right.” When an UPstander sees or hears about someone being bullied, they speak up. Being an UPstander is being a hero; we are standing up for what is right and doing our best to help support and protect someone who is being hurt. In many ways this is another word for being socially responsible. (Credit: Bully Busters)

#1 ESSAY – Theme:  “How to be an UPstander”

PRIZES in two age categories — Grades 2-5 and Grades 6-8:

1st place – $50 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

2nd place – $35 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

3rd place – $20 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

Honorable Mention – WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

 

#2 POSTERS – “This is what an UPstander looks like….”

PRIZES in two age categories — Grades 2-5 and Grades 6-8:

1st place – $50 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

2nd place – $35 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

3rd place – $20 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

Honorable Mention – WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

 

#3 Middle School Video PSA – “How to be an Upstander” 

            Open to Middle School students only.  Two categories: an individual/single student or a group of no more than 4 students; each prize is per person:

1st place -$50 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

2nd place – $35 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

3rd place –   $20 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

Honorable Mention – WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

 

Educator Character Education Leadership Awards Contest

Source4Teachers is partnering with Kidsbridge to conduct the Educator Character Education Leadership Awards Contest: Acknowledging leadership in character education, diversity appreciation and/or bullying prevention

PRIZES

1st place winner -$300 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

2nd place winner – $200 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

3rd place winner –   $100 gift certificate plus WALK2STOPBULLYING T-shirt

 

Information relating to both Youth Competitions and Educator Contests

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY April 30, 2015

Nomination Forms and Competition/Contest Rules are available online.  Go directly to the Youth Competitions (http://kidsbridgecenter.org/upstanderbullying-prevention-youth-competition/) and/or Educator Contest (http://kidsbridgecenter.org/educator-character-education-leadership-awards/) pages on the Kidsbridge website to download forms and competition/contest guidelines.

Kidsbridge will convene a group of community judges made up of educators and business people.  Winners and their schools will be notified in May.

Students, family members and nominators will be our honored guests at an awards presentation to be held at the 2015 WALK2STOP BULLYING on Saturday morning, June 13 on the ETS/Educational Testing Service corporate campus at 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton.  Admission is free for contestants, family and friends. Presenting sponsor for the Walk is Philadelphia Insurance Companies.

Questions?  Need more information?  Visit our website at www.kidsbridgemuseum.org, email Lynne at lynne@kidsbridgemuseum.org or call Kidsbridge at (609) 581-0239.

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About Kidsbridge

Kidsbridge is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing imaginative, hands-on programs focusing on: anti-bullying, tolerance, diversity appreciation, and respect for all. Since 1996, Kidsbridge has sought to fill the large voids that exist in the learning of life skills, character education and diversity appreciation with knowledge, aspiration and empowerment. Kidsbridge programs include the Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum in Ewing, NJ and the Kidsbridge Life Skills Programs.  More than 2,200 students and 200 educators visit the Museum each year.

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