‘No More Bullying’ Event Recap

By Paul Langhorst              August 6, 2012

SchoolReach and the CyberBully Hotline participated in the ‘No More Bullying’ event held at the St. Louis Mills Mall over the weekend.  We co-sponsored the Radio Disney Road Crew and their appearance helped increase traffic and added excitement and energy by engaging kids in dancing, singing, and activity-based games.

Tine Meier of the Megan Meier Foundation was the main draw and she spoke to an

Cyberbullying information

The CyberBully Hotline balloons were a big hit at the No More Bullying event!

audience of parents and their kids in the 57-degree Ice Zone – an ice rink attached to the Mills and home of the St. Louis Blues practice facility.  Her recap of Megan’s Story was captivating. Many parents approached Tina with their kids afterwards to speak to her personally about their ordeal with bullying.

We were moved by the many many parents who also stopped by the CyberBully Hotine table who told us of their challenges with bullying. Their stories were all very similar…”my son/daughter is being bullied and the school is doing nothing about it.”  Parent after parent said this to us during the 2-hour event.  It made me think back to when I first watched the “Bully” movie and its scenes of inept school administrators doing nothing in the face of severe bullying.  I can only hope that these parents and their kids someday get the help they need to resolve their situations and I am thankful that SchoolReach is now playing a role to help students more easily report bullying.

 

Fun with Radio Disney and No More Bullying Project

By Paul Langhorst                 July 12, 2012

I just completed an interview at Radio Disney where Emily Zimmerman, Director of Marketing for St. Louis Mills Mall, and I discussed our joint participation in the No More Bullying event being held at the St. Louis Mills. What a blast!  Emily Brown, on air personality for Radio Disney – St. Louis was great.  In fact, we dubbed the event the “Emilie’s and Paul Show” because everyone in the studio was named Emily or Paul!

SchoolReach and our CyberBully Hotline program are co-sponsoring the No More Bullying event along with the Missouri Center for Education Safety, an organization with which SchoolReach has had a long standing relationship. I am very excited to be working with Paul Fennewald, Director of MO CES, on this project. He and Mo CES are committed to making Missouri schools a safer place for our students and its just great that they are involved.

This session marked the first time I met Emily Zimmerman face-to-face and had a chance to hear in her own words why she started the No More Bullying event.  It is clear that she is passionate about her company and its role in the St. Louis area. Here is what she had to say in her own words: .  “The St. Louis Mills is a destination for so many

No More Bully Interview by Paul Langhorst and Emily Zimmerman

Emily Zimmerman and Paul Langhorst following interview at Radio Disney Studios

parents and kids,” said Zimmerman.  It’s a heavy topic, but we are a part of this community and I felt that we had the perfect environment to hold an event to draw attention to the growing problem of bullying and cyberbullying and to provide information on ways parents and kids can make a difference.”

We had a blast doing the interview and it was amazing to watch Emily Brown work. She was so comfortable behind the mic and with just a few notes conducted a 30-minute interview that just flew by.  Disney is all about fun and family and it is so wonderful to see them involved in the No More Bullying event. I think it fits with their mission, and by bringing the Radio Disney Road Crew to the event, Disney will help more kids and parents get exposed to the important information and messages delivered by Tina Meier, of the Megan Meier Foundation, and the Alex Boyles of the Unwritten Letters Project.

We at SchoolReach and the CyberBully Hotline are very pleased to be involved in the No More Bullying event!