Students speak out to end bullying


Step Up, Speak Out, End Bullying: PSA Showcase and Awards Event

Saturday, May 3 at 10:00am

Free Admission, Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.


The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding presents the third-annual PSA showcase to end bullying!


Highlighting student-produced, 30-second public service announcements based on the theme “I Take Care of My Community”, The End of Bullying Task Force of the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, along with the Pima County Attorney’s Office, Cox Communications, and the Ben’s Bells Project invite the community to attend and watch solutions to bullying through the video art of students.

Admission is free and there will be free popcorn, water and T-shirts for the first 300 youth in attendance. Following the film showcase, awards will be presented to age-based categories. This year’s showcase will also feature live music from the Sam Hughes Chorus, a presentation from the University of Arizona’s Crossroads Collaborative on how bullying effects parents and CODAC Behavioral Health sharing their bullying prevention work. There will also be a raffle for an iPad mini courtesy of Cox Communications (you must be present to win this prize.)

Carolyn’s note: I’ve attended both of the first two showcases and was so impressed by the PSA videos made my elementary, middle and high school students.  You will be amazed what ingenious ideas students think of to solve bullying issues at school, which still is a serious problem especially for LGBTQ youth.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Intentinal kindness and other solutions to bullying were shown in the PSA videos created by these students. Sam Hughes Elem. Choir sang 3 songs, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Stand by Me” and “Let it Grow”, all appropriate for this theme. Joseph Blair announced the winners from 60 entries, and City High School won the high school grand prize. Congrats all, check the website later for more info.

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