I know first hand the helplessness you feel as a parent when your child has been bullied. Please read about Jeremiah’s Hope for Kindness Day in this column and spread kindness throughout Sleepy Eye and set the example of how we want our children to be.
Minnesota Nonprofit Establishing “Jeremiah’s Hope for Kindness Day” on October 22, 2012 and recognizing October as Bullying Prevention Month. (Kenyon, MN, October 22, 2012) – Ann Gettis, executive director of Jeremiah’s Hope for Kindness (JHFK), a Minnesota nonprofit, announces Monday, October 22, 2012 as the inaugural “Jeremiah’s Hope for Kindness Day” and recognizing October as Bullying Prevention Month.
On October 22, 2006, Jeremiah, Ann and Dennis Gettis’ 21 year old son, completed suicide. In a note, he wrote that he no longer wanted to live in a world in which people were so cruel. He also wrote several pages of notes about the bullying he endured throughout his school years and the devastating effect it had on him.
As a result, Ann Gettis, of rural Kenyon, Minn., went back to graduate school and received her Master of Arts degree in community psychology with a focus on bullying/violence prevention. Ann is also a trainer for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. In addition, Gettis and others formed JHFK with the mission of building safe, caring, and kind communities with a special focus on school communities.
Ann has trained and consulted with schools in southeastern Minnesota implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, with the most recent being the Faribault Middle School. In addition, Ann has done presentations and workshops on bullying prevention for schools, churches, youth groups and Girl Scouts and their leaders. Jeremiah’s Hope for Kindness has over 4,000 supporters and is very active in sharing information and resources. Parents from all over the world have contacted Ann through Facebook, asking for and receiving information and resources for their situation.
On Monday, October 22, 2012, JHFK is asking people to wear yellow, Jeremiah’s favorite color, a sign of hope and our commitment to spread kindness and compassion. “We are also asking people to pledge to begin a new daily ritual of kindness, said Gettis.” “We invite people to share their pictures and stories on our website or Facebook page.”
ABOUT JEREMIAH’S HOPE FOR KINDNESS- The mission of Jeremiah’s Hope for Kindness, founded in 2011, is to create safe and caring schools and communities. JHFK offers resources, education and support to parents, students and schools to help reduce and prevent bullying (peer abuse). JHFK also educates and provides resources and support through its Web site, www.jeremiahshopeforkindness.org and its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jeremiahshopeforkindness. The address for JHFK is P.O. Box 442, Faribault, Minn. 55021 and phone is 507-649-0376.
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