Third Annual Picnic Creates Bully-Free Zone in Houghton Park
2013-05-16 · By Editor
Autism in Long Beach, along with Councilman Steven Neal of the Ninth District and ASK Long Beach, hosts the “Bully Free Zone 3” picnic in Houghton Park’s Skate Park on June 2, 2013 from 12pm to 5pm. The purpose of the Bully Free Zone (BFZ) is to raise awareness and promote unity.
The statistics are alarming. Nearly 200,000 children miss school each day because of fear of being attacked or due to intimidation. What is more, about 10% of those students who drop out of school do so because of bullying. AILB agrees that it is time to declare our schools and communities to be a Bully Free Zone. BFZ is a chance for all families of all abilities to interact and have fun.
“I want this event to encourage kids in the community to come out, have fun, and work side-by-side to end bullying,” says Jane Tipton, founder and CEO of Autism in Long Beach. She also wants to give families with special needs children a place to play without fear.
The BFZ picnic is a collaborative effort with volunteers, vendors and sponsors and is free to the public. Some of the activities include, but are not limited to: face-painting, up to 10 skate and sports demos, arts and crafts and a cool-down area for overstimulated children. The event will also have authors and speakers who will share their experiences with bullying and offer their suggestions on how to handle it.
For more information on the Bully Free Zone 3 Picnic or to sign up visit: http://www.autisminlongbeach.org/