TROY – A series of Troy University events aimed at spreading bullying awareness and prevention will begin on Saturday with a 5K run and culminate next week with a town hall meeting and candlelight vigil.
Bully Proof, as the series of events is known, is presented by the Department of Counseling and Psychology in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read program, the University's Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement and CGI.
The 5K Bully Proof run will be held Saturday on the Square in downtown Troy. The 5K race will get under way at 8 a.m. with a Kid's Fun Run beginning at 9:15 a.m. Live music will be provided by the Benton Brothers & Company, The Pot Holes and Jared Henderson. Exhibits and a book read-along for children will also be a part of the activities.
Proceeds from the race will go toward curriculum and personnel to implement anti-bullying and peer helper programs in Pike County and Troy City Schools. Registration is available online at www.bullyproof5k.eventbrite.com.
On Oct. 21, Dr. Adrienne Duke of Auburn University will present "Cyberbullying: What Parents Need to Know and How They Can Support Their Students," at 7 p.m. in room 122 of Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus.
Dr. Duke is an assistant professor and extension specialist at Auburn. Her research centers on positive youth development. Dr. Duke has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, a Master of Arts degree in Pan-African Studies from the University of Louisville, Master of Science degree and a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bully Proof events will conclude on Oct. 23 with a Town Hall Meeting and Candlelight Vigil. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and include an expert panel consisting of administrators, educators, school and clinical mental health counselors and professors discussing the topics of bullying, cyberbullying, the psychological effects of bullying and victimization. The panel will entertain questions from the audience in efforts to raise community awareness on the topics.