Community Unites to Combat Bullying
Four teachers performed a rock concert to promote an anti-bullying message.
A place residents normally go to read and study turned into a rock 'n roll venue Wednesday night—all for a good cause.
Librarians, police officers, teachers and local families united at the Peters Township Public Library to combat bullying.
About 50 students gathered in the lobby to learn what bullying is and how they could stop it. Students took a pledge to stop bullying—promising to speak up, reach out and be a friend.
Linda Esposito, the children's librarian, organized the event.
"Bullying is worse than it's ever been, particularly cyber bullying," Esposito said.
When she took the idea to the school district and police department, everyone was thrilled with the idea.
"The participation of our community is amazing," Esposito said.
Ellen Garcia, of Peters Township, brought her fourth grade son to the event.
"I thought it had such a great message," she said. "It's great to see the police and community working together.
"I wish everyone could be here."
The main event of the night was the hour-long performance by NTLB—or No Tune Left Behind.
NTLB is a rock band composed of four practicing professional musicians and educators from the Peters Township School District. They teach at McMurray Elementary, and have written and produced songs, music videos, live shows, 30-minute video musicals and curriculum materials to help combat bullying and relational aggression in their school.
From elementary school students to the oldest of attendees, the music had everyone smiling, swaying and clapping along.
Esposito hopes to make the event an annual one.