As the Turning Bullies into Buddies Program came out of its pilot stages and began its first year in October 2011, the West Jupiter Community Center was eager to join in and embrace the anti-bullying books, launch engaging discussions and participate in the activities.
Gradually creating an environment that is non-conducive to bullying is exactly what the center’s director had aspired to when she enrolled her center in this new innovative program. Edna Runner, site director, states that two of the books really spoke to her population. The youth at the center selected No More Bullies! by Susan Hood for their recent anti-bullying banner project. Throughout the months of January and February, the children took the words and message of this bully-made-into-a-buddy-themed book, talked it over, role-played and worked with a local artist to create a big colorful banner that is proudly displayed across the front entry.