By Christal Canejo
This month Cougars for Change is focusing on spreading their purpose farther than CCJH and even Arizona.
Last month C4C was getting the word across the school and to bring awareness of bullying by setting up spirit days and the Kickoff with Kelsey.
Now, members are writing letters to senators, participating in a national video contest, and creating Twitter and Facebook pages online.
“The students at CCJH are doing their part to create a better climate at school, so we would like support from other people who have the power to spread this movement on to other schools throughout the country,” said Jessica Kucenski, the director of Cougars for Change.
Members are trying to get about 150-200 students to write letters to U.S. senators Jon Kyle and John McCain and U.S. Representative Jeff Flake to help raise awareness of what the group is doing.
“Our U.S. representatives fight for our needs if they know our needs,” said Ms. Kucenski. “I want to encourage young people to contact their representatives so they understand what teenagers need, everyone deserves to go to school in a safe environment, and students can speak up and let their representatives know this.”
Cougars for Change also participated in a national video contest called “For Good” that is sponsored by BullyBust and the producers of the musical “Wicked.” The video includes footage taken from the Kickoff with Kelsey and the Shuffling for Change event that took place during the Cougars for Change spirit week. The winners of this contest will be able to meet the cast of “Wicked” and will also receive $500 to support their program. The video has also been posted on the Cougars for Change website.
Ms. Kucenski and her students have also created Facebook and Twitter pages to spread the word and to get more people aware of what they are doing.
“We are trying to get different culture and policy makers to spread anti-bullying awareness,” said Ms. Kucenski. “The students at CCJH are doing their part to create a better climate at school, so we would like support from other people who have the power to spread this movement on to other schools throughout the country.”
Ms. Kucenski also explained that members of Cougars for Change are also coming up with their own ideas to spread the world locally and some even nationally.
“I have one student who even wrote an email to the Ellen Show because he wants to spread our movement to other schools across the country,” she said.
Cougars for Change has also recently started an anti-cyberbullying campaign called, “Delete Hate, Share Love.” More details are posted on their Web site at cougarsforchange.webs.com.