PDT Staff Writer
Through personal proximity to a tragedy, Sheree Howard was inspired to coordinate an Anti-Bullying program through the Portsmouth Public Library.
Howard, a Children’s Librarian of the Portsmouth Public Library, said she coordinated the Anti-Bullying event as a result of her personal experience.
“I have a friend whose 15-year-old son committed suicide three weeks ago for being bullied in school,” Howard said.”So the bullying has issue is becoming more and more prevalent.”
Howard said she decided to put a program together to help to parents and students deal with the issue of bullying.
“It was my idea to do this, I talked to the library director and she was on board with it as well,” Howard said.
According to Howard, being proactive about bullying is the right response.
“I think that at this point, something has to be done. If something is not done, we are going to lose a lot more kids. I want them to be able to come to an adult and say, ‘Look, this is happening to me, what can I do,’ ” Howard said.
Jeff Weaver, Portsmouth West Middle School Guidance Counselor, will be discussing the warning signs that children may display if they are being bullied as well as details that he provides to students about bullying.
“He is coming to discuss what he teaches his students in the school system about bullying as well as some tips to help parents to be aware of if their child is being bullied,” Howardsaid.
Howard said they will continue addressing anti-bullying during the course of the month.
“All month long we will be dealing with the topic of bullying. Oct. 17, Marcia Harris is going to come and talk to my girls book group about self-esteem and bullying and how to overcome a lot of the struggles that adolescents face,” Howard said.
To further show support of anti-bullying, Howard said some of the staff at the Portsmouth Public Library will be wearing orange T-shirts and ribbons during the month of October.
“For the month of October, in the Children’s Department we will be wearing orange ribbons because the colors are orange for anti-bullying. We just want to get the message out there that bullying is not going to be tolerated,” Howard said.
More activities for Youth Services department for Anti-Bullying Month:
- Let’s Unite! Craft Program- Saturday, Oct. 19, at noon
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin Program- Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m.
For more information call the library at 740-354-5562.
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