Three LES Settlement Houses Host ‘Don’t Be a Bully’ Contest

Posted on: May 12th, 2014 at 11:10 am by
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There’s no question that bullying is a tough matter, but what can we do to help better understand it? And how can we turn such negativity into something positive?

Healthfirst has teamed up with NYC Arts Cypher and The Association of Latino Business Owners and Residents (ALBOR) to sponsor the “Don’t Be a Bully” contest.

The anti-bullying campaign—led by The Grand Street Settlement (80 Pitt Street), Henry Street Settlement (265 Henry Street) and University Settlement (184 Eldridge Street)—is looking for kids (ages 7-16) to tap into their creative spirits—drawings, poems, essays, original music, and more—to express their feelings on bullying.

Cash prizes are up for grabs, plus those winning entries will be included on a community mural at the Grand Street Settlement schoolyard.

“Healthfirst is committed to giving our kids the best head-start in life for success in the classroom,” Ian Shaffer, MD, Healthfirst Vice President and Medical Director of Behavioral Health, said in a statement. “Through outlets like this, we can improve the quality of life and mental health state of students by giving them a space to express their feelings while raising awareness about the importance of antibullying.”

“We have created a way to reach our youth in a language they understand and respect,” added NYC Arts Cypher founder Charlie Balducci. “We promote positive and productive means to combat the issue of bullying.”

People of all ages gathered last Tuesday (May 6) for a contest kickoff rally at the Grand Street Settlement-Beacon Community Center Auditorium (145 Stanton Street).

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Photo by Harris Brandt

Submissions are being collected at the Settlement Houses between now and Friday, May 16. Entries are also accepted online at LetsBeatBullying.org Note: Registration is limited to the three Settlement Houses only. Winners are expected to be announced Sunday, May 25.

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