On Saturdays and Sundays, student golfers can get free range balls at North Branch Golf Course. The Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library has free treats on Tuesdays at the Children’s Service Desk and GameStop has a one-per-student free giveaway available at all times. Anytime Fitness will be joining in with the rewards soon, too.
Those rewards offer a mighty incentive to students to take the pledge, and seeing the positive impact among their fellow students may inspire them to keep the pledge – at least that’s what Powell and Stapp are hoping. To build up excitement and awareness for the pledge, posters advertising the upcoming pledge date are hung in participating schools. Each school holds an official “pledge day” and students are asked to wear orange to stand together against bullying and let those being bullied know that they are not alone.
After the pledge day, a poster with all the rewards students can receive by wearing their “Stop Bullying” bracelets will be hung in the schools and many of the participating businesses. Powell said it is his hope that by wearing and constantly seeing their bracelets, the mission they represent will stay present in the minds of the students.
Powell has long been a strong advocate of community support. According to him, if he had to choose between advertising and community support, he’d choose community support. He said the “Stop Bullying” program is important to him because it addresses a vital issue while giving local businesses an opportunity to raise awareness of the bullying problem and mark themselves community supporters. By being involved in this program, these local businesses are investing in the future of the Decatur County community.
“I recognized that it’s a serious issue – not only locally, but nationally. I saw a way to positively impact students and it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved,” Powell said of his reason for starting the “Stop Bullying” program in 2012.