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WALK to STOP Bullying in Rhode Island on May 21, at Roger Williams Park in Providence

The Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) and Stop Bullying Now! RI have come together to host the 1st Annual WALK to STOP Bullying in Rhode Island on May 21, 2011 at Roger Williams Park in Providence.

The entire Rhode Island community is invited to join together to put an end to bullying in the Ocean State by Walking the Walk to STOP Bullying. Everyone can participate either as an individual or as a group including families, friends, schools, PTAs, students, office groups, and faith-based organizations. It will be a 1.5 mile fun walk / roll. (Participants can walk, stroller, wagon, or scooter)

“Bullying is wide spread across all grade levels and school districts,” says Matthew Cox, Executive Director at RIPIN. “We believe Rhode Islanders should come together and say this will not be tolerated in our schools and communities. Together, we can make a difference, and not experience the tragedies brought on by bullying that has occurred in other states.”

“We must bring this issue out into the light of day, and make our schools a safe place for all of our students,” explains Amanda Hannon, Director of Stop Bulling Now! RI. “There is strength in numbers. This is what we hope to show with this Walk to STOP Bullying on May 21, 2011.”

Funds raised from the Walk to STOP Bullying will support effective programs that help prevent bullying like those offered by RIPIN, Stop Bullying Now! RI and others.

To REGISTER to be a part of the Walk to STOP Bullying, please go to RIPIN’s website www.ripin.org and click STOP Bullying. For more information, please contact Walk to STOP Bullying Coordinator Jerry McCole at 401.210.0101 x 151

Founded in 1991, the Rhode Island Parent Information Network is a non-profit that helps thousands of families and individuals each year in every part of Rhode Island. RIPIN’s more than 18 statewide programs and services assist Rhode Islanders in becoming better advocates for themselves and their children in school, in health care and in their communities.

Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) also offers a Resource Center staffed by trained Resource Specialists who answer questions about parent involvement, school issues, special education, health care, and social services. It is RIPIN’s mission to help Rhode Islanders through support, advocacy, training, parent involvement, and workshops.

Stop Bullying Now! RI is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing bullying through education and awareness. To learn more about Stop Bullying Now! RI, please visit www.stopbullyingnowri.yolasite.com or email at stopbullyingnowri@yahoo.com

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