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

Posted on: May 12th, 2014 at 11:10 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

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).

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo by Harris Brandt

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

Recent Stories

Seward Park Cheerleading Squad Raises $30K for Nationals Competion

When the Seward Park High School cheerleading squad qualified for the nationals back in December, the school made history. The Lower East Side institution is reportedly the second public high school in Manhattan to ever qualify for the grand stage. However, the obstacle in their midst was budgetary. No cash for uniforms, travel, and lodging […]

City Readies Demolition of Delancey Foot Bridge to East River Park

With each new day, the destruction of East River Park intensifies. Little is now recognizable as dozens of trees were excised and the historic amphitheater demolished. All as part of the billion-dollar coastal resiliency project. Now, time has come for the pedestrian bridge linking Delancey Street to the park, above the FDR Drive. The city […]

Teenager Arrested in Connection with Essex Card Shop Fire on Avenue A

A teenager has been arrested in connection with the alarm fire that destroyed the Essex Card Shop at 47 Avenue A last week. EV Grieve first confirmed the news yesterday. Charges against the 13-year-old – whose name was withheld due to his age – include second-degree arson. Officials told the blog that that the arsonist […]

Woman Dies Month After Being Hit by School Bus in Chinatown

A pedestrian struck by a school bus in Chinatown last month has succumbed to her injuries. On December 16, at approximately 1:45pm, 67-year-old Ahhon Lau was struck in the intersection of Monroe and Catherine Streets. When officers arrived at the scene, Lau was found unconscious and unresponsive, with trauma about the body. EMS transported her […]

Brooklyn Fare Market Makes it Official at One Manhattan Square

Brooklyn Fare Kitchen & Market officially announced its Lower East Side entrance with banner advertising at One Manhattan Square. The vinyl skins are now in the windows along Cherry Street, advertising free delivery and fresh produce. As previously reported, the upscale grocer signed a lease to occupy 25,500 square-feet across two floors in the base […]