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Youth Center staff plans anti-bullying activities

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and Fort Drum Youth Center will join schools and communities across the country by hosting several activities and events to bring awareness to this problem.
The kick-off event will be a free showing of the movie “Bully” at 5 p.m. Oct. 3. Families are encouraged to attend. A discussion will follow the film, and refreshments will be provided.
Youth Center staff asks all of Fort Drum to join them in wearing a blue T-shirt on Oct. 6, “World Day of Bullying Prevention,” to heighten awareness and to show support in the effort to stop bullying and cyberbullying.
There will be two “Teens Speak Up” closed group sessions for youths in grades 6-12. Sessions will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., on Oct. 9 for young women and on Oct. 16 for young men.
These sessions will be led by a facilitator, encouraging teens to share their experiences, opinions and suggestions on the subject of bullying.
A “Parents Speak Up” session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15. This is an opportunity for parents or guardians to learn about and participate in a discussion on bullying. Parents who attend will receive a chance to win a drawing for a $50 gift card after the program.
To cap off the activities, an event to showcase all of the Bullying Prevention activities, contests, videos and songs that Fort Drum teens worked on throughout the month will be presented from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25.
The staff encourages teens and parents to participate in these free National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month events at the Fort Drum Youth Center.
For additional information, call 772-6719.

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