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Posted on: September 8, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Cultural Center Hosts Anti-Bullying Event Sept. 12

Students, parents, and others concerned about bullying will gather Friday evening, Sept. 12, at Holly Springs Cultural Center for the inaugural event of the Mayor’s Anti-Bullying Campaign.

The program will begin at 6 p.m., after a half hour of light refreshments. The three-hour program will include speakers, videos by students, music, and activities for young children. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

Mayor Dick Sears said the goals of the Sept. 12 event and those afterward are to raise awareness of the issue and offer tactics to deter bullying.

“The anti-bullying campaign has gathered speed beyond my expectations,” he said. “The more I learn, the more I understand that it is a major problem in many areas.”

A sponsor of the campaign is the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, whose members range from third-graders to seniors in high school.

“Many of them have experienced bullying,” Sears said. “They are pleased to be a part of this campaign.”

The main speaker Sept. 12 will be Dr. Melissa DeRosier of 3-C Institute in Cary, a licensed clinical psychologist. She has been a researcher in the area of children’s social relationships for more than a dozen years.

In addition to DeRosier, speakers at the Cultural Center event will include representatives from the N.C. Department of Public Safety and the state School Safety Board. The program also features a short performance by Together on Center Stage, which is sponsored by Holly Springs Civitan Club. Together on Center Stage promotes inclusion by providing people with special needs the opportunity to perform on stage.

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