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Chalk It Up Against Bullying on Saturday, Oct. 12th from 11 am - 3 pm

This Saturday, Downtown Wakefield will be the site of a community arts event with a purpose. "By conducting the event in downtown Wakefield, we hope to foster dialogue and engage the larger community in addressing bullying, which as many as 2 of 3 Washington County middle schoolers reported they experienced last year," said Susan Orban, Coalition Coordinator.  "We also hope to set the tone for what we want for our children and our town.  We want to create a supportive, inclusive community where bullying doesn't exist," added Eva Gallant, owner of Pier Pizza Company, and one of the event's organizers.   

The goal for the day is simple: to inspire new ways to prevent bullying in our schools, neighborhoods, and communities.  Chalk It Up Against Bullying coincides with the October celebration of National Bullying Prevention month. Originally set up as an art contest, volunteers are sought to create chalk art without being involved in a contest.   

"Volunteer artists ages 5 and up are needed to create chalk art drawings with bullying prevention themes on sidewalks and parking lots in downtown Wakefield.  Chalk will be provided.

Chalk drawings can be fun, entertaining, serious, creative, colorful, futuristic, and/or thought-provoking, but must carry an anti-bullying message, and be appropriate for all ages and audiences.  Examples include:  standing up when someone needs help, stopping rumors, what the world would be like if everyone was always worried about being teased or physically hurt, ways to promote acceptance and inclusion in our community, etc.

Volunteers will receive:  a Chalk It Up Against Bullying T-Shirt, coupon for a free pizza slice and a drink from Pier Pizza, and a free ice cream cone from Brickley's

Contact Michelle Blechman at to volunteer

Community service hour certificates available   

To download recruitment flyer, click here

This event, which is being held to celebrate national bullying prevention month, is sponsored by the Washington County Coalition for Children, Downtown Village Association, The Friendship Fund, South County Art Supply, Pier Pizza Company, Centreville Bank, Contemporary Theatre Company, and Brickley's Ice Cream.     

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