Upward Bound Students Raise Money to Help "Stand for the Silent"

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Eastern Kentucky University’s Upward Bound students raised approximately $1,500 with their 2014-15 Stand for the Silent (www.facebook.com/SFTSorg) Change for Change Campaign. 

Stand for the Silent, an anti-bullying, suicide prevention organization, was created in 2010 in honor of Kirk and Laura Smalley, whose 11-year-old son Ty committed suicide due to being bullied.  Stand for the Silent exists as a platform to allow the Smalleys to share their story and offer education and tools that will prevent their tragedy from happening to another child and family. Their story is told in the Director Lee Hirsch’s feature film, “Bully” (www.thebullyproject.com), which was featured as an EKU Upward Bound activity with facilitated questions.  The showing of the film sparked such an outcry of justice for Ty, the students on the Upward Bound Executive Board decided to create this student-led campaign to raise funds to help Stand for the Silent in their goal to teach kids that bullying and suicide is not an option.

“One kid, one voice can make a difference,” said Kirk Smalley, who Skyped from Oklahoma during the announcement of the amount raised by EKU Upward Bound students. “Students like you, who are willing to stand up and say, ‘You know what – this isn’t right.’ Then we’ll greatly outnumber the bullies.”   

Anyone interested in supporting the anti-bullying campaign started by the Oklahoma State University Upward Bound can make a donation at www.standforthesilent.org.

Upward Bound is a federally funded education program dedicated to identifying, recruiting, and supporting students who are determined to succeed academically. To find out more about the EKU Upward Bound Program, contact Tamara Stewart at 859-622-1083 or Tamara.Stewart@eku.edu or visit www.upwardbound.eku.edu.

Published on June 05, 2015

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