UNITED: Coming together to ‘Knock Out Bullying’

Yukon and surrounding communities have the opportunity to come together to stand against bullying this week.

Knock Out Bullying Inc. is hosting Unity Day 2016 from 5-7 p.m. today at The Miller Grill, 326 Elm Ave.

Unity Day is a celebration of people coming together to do something about bullying.

The celebration’s motto is “Together against bullying—United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.”

“My favorite part is just everyone coming together,” Founder and President Stacy Hatcher said. “The uniqueness of others coming together to unite against bullying.”

There will be a banner for attendees to sign at the event. Each signature represents people standing against bullying. Hatcher’s goal is 200 signatures because they’re looking to double last year’s 100, she said.

“We thought we’d move it up 100 and see if we can 200 people this year to band together to help us to unite against bullying,” she said.

The event will also include:

– Face painting by Cheeky Smiles,

– Hay rides,

– Games,

– Prizes,

– Free Cupcakes, and

– A drawing for a Knock Out Bullying T-shirt.

Captain America will also be making an appearance.

Everyone is encouraged to wear orange today to “come together in one giant message of support, hope and unity. Together we can Make it Orange! Make it End,” according to the Unity Day flier.

Unity Day is also celebrating Knock Out Bullying’s third-year anniversary.

“When I think about it, we’ve accomplished so many things, but yet we have so many more things to accomplish and get the word out in the community,” Hatcher said. “It’s very pleasing—the accomplishments we have done so far.”

Knock Out Bullying began in October 2013 because of Hatcher, her daughter Katelynn, and Katelynn’s best friend Destiny, all of Yukon.

“There was bullying going on with a little girl that lived near us, and the girls came to me and asked ‘how can we get this to stop? It’s everywhere and it’s going between both of the schools,’” Hatcher said.

Hatcher helped Katelynn and Destiny come up with a solution of standing up for the other girl, but it didn’t work the first time. Finally, the two girls began making a bigger stand and they got it to stop.

“Everyone liked what they were doing so we kind of formed a little group,” Hatcher said.

Knock Out Bullying began with six girls at a picnic table, but now Hatcher said she never knows how many will come to the monthly meet ups.

For more information about the event visit their Facebook page, Unity Day 2016 (Unite Against bullying)/ KOB 3 Year Anniversary.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To find out more about what you can do to prevent bullying, visit www.pacer.org/bullying.

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