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Anti-bully event held

Several local businesses have teamed with BYU-Idaho students to educate the community about bullying.

On Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kiwi Loco is holding “Let’s Knock Out Bullying,” a family event focusing on ways to deal with bullying in schools.

Scotty Renner, a senior studying communication and one of the event organizers, said the event follows on “Madison Cares” efforts to create bullying awareness, as well as different methods to apply that knowledge.

The day will consist of various activities, including door prizes, games and booths focusing on ways to deal with and prevent bullying through various methods.

“So if a kid is getting bullied at school, another kid can write a note saying, ‘hey, I saw so-and-so getting picked on by this person.’ You know, bring it to [authority’s]attention,” Renner said. “It doesn’t hurt the person that wrote the note at all. We’re just looking for a way to make the world a better place.”

One such booth will feature the Kindness Knockout, which Renner said emphasizes simple acts of kindness, such as giving a nice compliment.

There will be other booths: Communications Chokehold, Teamwork Tapout and the Service Smackdown.

Students from middle to high school are invited to participate in a creative works contest with the theme “Kindness Gets You Farther.”

According to the Knock Out Bullying press release for the event, submissions will be split into four categories: drawing, photo, essay and other creative works.

All creative works deadline is on Saturday Feb. 23 by 6 p.m. and winners will announced at 8 p.m.

The Family Crisis Center will also be on-site to help parents and adults, sharing advice on how to overcome difficulties in families, schools and
the community.

In addition to Kiwi Loco, several other businesses, including Fat Cats, New York Burrito and Skeeters, have made donations sporting this events.

The school with the highest attendance at the event will receive $150.

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