The Office Depot Foundation
Stop Bullying Program
The Office Depot Foundation is exceptionally proud to announce an important new educational program to help create safe, bully-free schools across the nation by empowering students to speak up against bullying.
The "Be The Difference. Speak Up Against Bullying!" Program features nationally known speaker Brooks Gibbs - a youth crisis counselor and bullying expert - who will conduct school assemblies for students as well as for parents, teachers and administrators in middle schools. Support for this innovative educational program comes from Office Depot and One Direction through the multifaceted 1D + OD Together Against Bullying campaign, which includes the exclusive, limited-edition back-to-school collection available in Office Depot retail stores nationwide.
The program aims to give students the confidence and courage to report bullying as a strategy for reducing bullying. Brooks Gibbs' "treat everyone like friends - even your enemies" philosophy enhances One Direction's message of "Live Nice."
Click here to learn how your school can apply to participate in the Office Depot Foundation’s “Be The Difference. Speak Up Against Bullying!” Program.
|9/05/2013||3||Fruitvale ISD, Edgewood ISD,
Grand Saline ISD
|9/11/2013||3||Zachary Middle School||San Antonio||TX||1000|
|9/11/2013||2||Rawlison Middle School||San Antonio||TX||763|
|9/13/2013||3||Smart Middle School||Walled Lake||MI||1020|
|9/13/2013||2||Millenium Middle School||South Lyon||MI||850|
|9/17/2013||3||North Andover Middle School||North Andover||MA||1088|
|9/17/2013||1||Wood Hill Middle School||Andover||MA||400|
|9/18/2013||3||Dedham Middle School||Dedham||MA||700|
|9/20/2013||1||Greenfield Middle School||Greenfield||MA||500|
|9/24/2013||2||Hauppauge Middle School||Hauppauge||NY||640|
|9/24/2013||1||North Shore Hebrew Academy||Great Neck||NY||180|
|9/25/2013||3||Garfield Middle School||Garfield||NY||951|
|9/25/2013||1||Our Lady Queen of Peace||Staten Island||NY||330|
|9/25/2013||1||St. Claires School||Staten Island||NY|
|9/26/2013||4||Crossroads Middle School North
|9/27/2013||3||Conewagon Valley School District||New Oxford||PA||1300|
|10/1/2013||1||Raymond Middle School||Raymond||NE||185|
|10/1/2013||1||Seward Middle School||Seward||NE||403|
|10/1/2013||1||Crete Middle School||Crete||NE||501|
|10/1/2013||1||Norris Middle School||Norris||NE||497|
|10/2/2013||1||Scott Middle School||Lincoln||NE||200|
|10/2/2013||1||Goodrich Middle School||Lincoln||NE||250|
|10/2/2013||1||Lux Middle School||Lincoln||NE||1000|
|10/2/2013||1||Lefler Middle School||Lincoln||NE||500|
|10/2/2013||1||Culler Middle School||Lincoln||NE||670|
|10/3/2013||1||Milford High School||Milford||MI||359|
|10/8/2013||3||Omni Middle School||Boca Raton||FL||1500|
|10/9/2013||3||Estridge Middle School||Boca Raton||FL||1500|
|10/17/2013||2||Timber Ridge Middle School||Plainfield||IL|
|10/18/2013||2||Channahon School District||Channahon||IL||500|
|10/18/2013||1||St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic School||Addison||IL||150|
|10/22/2013||2||Pilgrim Park Middle School||Elm Grove||WI||800|
|10/25/2013||2||Highlander Middle School||Howell||MI||900|
|10/25/2013||2||Parker Middle School||Howell||MI||850|
|10/28/2013||1||Walled Lake West High School||Walled Lake||MI|
|10/29/2013||2||Geisler Middle School||Walled Lake||MI||850|
|11/4/2013||3||Carmel Valley MS||San Diego||CA|
|11/5/2013||2||Hillsdale MS||El Cajon||CA|
|11/6/2013||3||Woodland Park MS||Escondido||CA|
|11/12/2013||1||Hong Kingston MS||Stockton||CA|
|11/13/2013||1||Stockton Skills MS||Stockton||CA|
|11/14/2013||1||El Dorado MS||Stockton||CA|
|11/20/2013||2||Linden Middle School||Linden||MI|
|11/21/2013||2||Mt. Morris Junior High School||Mt. Morris||MI|
|11/22/2013||2||Sarah Banks Middle School||Wixom||MI||850|
|11/22/2013||2||East Middle School||Farmington Hills||MI||950|
Brooks Gibbs is a youth crisis counselor and bullying expert. He has been called upon as advisor to several school tragedies and has served as content producer for several television projects, including Teen Trouble on LIFETIME and Bully Diaries on Comcast On-Demand.
Gibbs is young, dynamic and hugely popular as a speaker in school districts across the nation. He consistently receives the highest speaker ratings at teacher conferences, mental health training events and student gatherings. He began writing and speaking on the subject of bullying in the aftermath of the Columbine shooting that took place in his hometown of Littleton, Colorado.
In the decade since America’s most notorious school tragedy, Brooks has spoken to over 1 million students, hosted national radio and television shows, been featured in publications like The Washington Post and The Huffington Post and has been interviewed on CBS.
students skip school
every day to avoid
An increasing number
of fourth through eighth
graders report being
victims of bullying.
of middle schoolers feel
that violence is increasing
− and they don't feel safe.
If you feel threatened, keep detailed notes of the event and alert the authorities immediately.
If you refuse to react emotinally and remain unfazed by the bully's words, the bullying will stop.
A brief and kind response will make the bully look and feel foolish, ending the online bullying.
Enjoy hanging out with a few good friends and don't expect to be accepted by everyone.
With the help of a caring adult, confront the adult bully in an attitude of respect. Avoid arguing.
If the bullying is physical You must rescue your child from physical threats of violence that would cause objective harm to his or her body or property. Keep detailed notes of the event and alert the authorities immediately.
If the bullying is verbal You must teach your child to not get upset. If children have an emotional reaction to the bully (showing anger or tears), the verbal bullying will continue. If they don’t get upset, the verbal bullying will quickly stop.
If the bullying is online You must teach your child how to respond using the Golden Rule. (Treat everyone like friends, even your enemies). A brief and kind response will make the bully look and feel foolish, and the online bullying will quickly stop.
If the bullying involves social exclusion You must help children to understand that not everyone will want to be their friend. When they can enjoy a few loyal friends and refuse to seek approval from everyone else, their life will become much happier.
If the bullying is from an adult You must assist your child in confronting the adult in an attitude of respect and with a desire for reconciliation. Blaming or attacking the adult will only escalate hostilities and make things worse for your child. Respectful confrontation can quickly bring an end to the problem.