October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Hamilton Place is teaming up with Malls and Retailers Unite Against Bullying to bring attention to this important issue.
Captain McFinn and Friends, a nationally recognized leader in early childhood anti-bullying educational programming, is sponsoring the event. More than 100 malls across America are participating.
Events at Hamilton Place
• Community Awareness Event
• Friday, October 11
• 10 a.m.
• Hamilton Place
The community is asked to visit the mall and sign the Anti-Bullying Pledge. Everyone who signs gets a coupon for a free cookie from Great American Cookies. Chick-fil-A will provide light refreshments and families can get their pictures taken with Captain McFinn himself.
Young readers will find Captain McFinn’s books available at a special booth inside Barns & Noble and all children can enjoy a coloring and craft area in the mall.
Captain McFinn and Friends is an educational company and creator of bullying prevention materials. Headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio and launched in 2006, the program features puppets, posters, music and video to tell stories of kindness, respect and personal responsibility.
Where most anti-bullying programs are geared toward tweens and teens, Captain McFinn and Friends is focused on reaching young children, Pre-K through elementary school. The program’s success comes, in part, by utilizing engaging stories of a former “bully” shark (McFinn) and a cast of characters in cartoon-driven narratives that children find engaging.