August 12, 2022

With Adrian on his way back from Europe, today we bring you an earlier show.

Bullying affects everyone involved…the victim, the bully and those who witness it. Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying. Children with disabilities or special needs are at an up to 63 percent greater risk than their peers of being victims of bullying.

When students and school staff ignore bullying behaviors, they are sending a message that bullying is acceptable or something that can’t be stopped. School staff needs to work at creating a positive environment where inclusion, respect for differences, pride in academic achievement and trust between students and teachers are important. This positive school climate can curb incidences of bullying.

This brings us to today’s highlighted charity, Don’t Be a Bully

The Don't Be A Bully Foundation is dedicated to inspiring and transforming the lives of youth through education about the prevention of bullying and youth violence. They also strive to educate parents on recognizing the warning signs of bullying and other issues.

We work to educate and motivate the community through their stage production Speak Up! Speak Out!, youth workshops, seminars and dialogue discussions. The organization consists of volunteers that are educators, teachers, therapists, performing arts teachers and artists, as well as parents who conducts our DBAB workshops, seminars and stage plays. @dontbeabullyfoundation

Bev had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Kim Davis, Founder & CEO.

Incredible Kids

We can always count on kids to see the issues and set out to make a difference.

8-year old Justin Slather loves frogs, which might seem just like another ordinary thing- except he’s taken that love to another level. It all started in kindergarten, when Justin learned almost one-third of frog species are on the verge of extinction. He learned pollution, pesticides, and habitat destruction are the main causes for their decline. Justin’s mom saw his passion to create change, so they set out on a quest to tell the world and launched For the Love of Frogs.

Justin didn’t realize his love for frogs would turn into a passion for taking care of the planet. He became interested in recycling. Justin wants people to know that it only takes one small change in their life, something as simple as the type of toothbrush they use, to make a positive impact on the planet. He taught his classmates about the impact plastic toothbrushes can have on pollution, and then encouraged students to recycle their own toothbrushes by turning them into works of art. @justinsfrogproject

Bruce Gale had the opportunity to talk with Justin, this week’s Kid Hero.