American SPCC Share Your Story - Volunteer for Anti-BullyingI’m a mom of three, doctoral student, and director for an educational software sales company. I got involved with the American SPCC for two reasons. First, I want to be a good role model for my children. I’d like to show them that volunteering for a cause you care about can create a beam of light and hope in the world. Second, when I think about what really matters to me, I know that I want to make a positive impact in the lives of our children. The wonderful thing about working with the American SPCC is they have an infrastructure in place that can support your ideas for change. It’s a growing organization, and they welcome new proposals for programs and initiatives through their virtual volunteer program. When I approached them about an anti-bullying initiative at my kids’ school, they provided the branding and support I needed to launch an awareness campaign that included a significant social media presence.
Because there was already a No Bullying club in our Middle School and an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), a great foundation was in place. The club advisor was thrilled to have some support, the kids were excited to be part of the initiative, and the PTO was the glue that held everything together. We sponsored a photo booth at Parent/Teacher conference night, with the hopes that the resulting social media wave would help raise awareness about bullying. Next, the principal of the school knew a fantastic speaker from the state department, and so we hosted a family education night about cyber-bullying. Last, we also sponsored an art contest where kids in grades 4 – 6 submitted their best “No Bullying” artwork, which we then shared on social media to help raise awareness.  It was a fantastic example of several like-minded groups pulling together to make a difference in the lives of children. I am grateful to the American SPCC for their guidance during that project, and I hope my story encourages others to get involved to “educate to advocate!”
—Tina McMechan, Volunteer

September 25, 2017