New Blue Ridge PBS program focuses on bullying in schools

Episode 3 in the “What It Takes” series

(Roanoke, Va.)—Blue Ridge PBS premieres a new local production, “What It Takes to End Bullying,” on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The program is part of a unique series called “What It Takes,” created by Blue Ridge PBS to strengthen K-12 education in the region. Each episode features top educators and experts from local communities who share vital information for students, teachers and parents. 

“Bullying is a serious issue in this region as well as across the country,” said Dr. Rose Martin, Blue Ridge PBS Director of Education Services and host of the series. “It goes far beyond the teasing most parents experienced as children. Today, one in five students in an average classroom experiences bullying, causing 160,000 children to miss school every day. We look forward to sharing valuable strategies in addressing this growing problem.”

A diverse panel of experts will discuss bullying in schools, including the legal implications, cyber bullying and the long term impact for students. Also part of the program will be specific suggestions and tips for students, schools, parents and communities. Panelists are Darby Lowe, Deputy Commonwealth Attorney for Albemarle County; Kathy Kenley, Prevention Services Supervisor, New River Valley Community Services; and Catherine Moffett, Ed.D., Director of Bully-Free Virginia.

Support for the “What It Takes” series is provided by ITT Exelis.

Prior episodes of the series, “What It Takes to Teach” and “What It Takes to Graduate” are available online here.

About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS is the 2010 and 2009 winner of the regional Emmy Award for community service broadcasting. The winning production, “JobQuest,” exemplifies how the station is able to address the history, arts, culture, educational needs and economic health of an entire region. Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 4 million individuals in portions of five states. The station’s 26,000 square-mile coverage area includes southwestern Virginia and bordering counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and North Carolina. As the region’s storyteller and a locally owned entity, Blue Ridge PBS pursues stories and issues that speak directly to viewers. Further, 200,000 schoolchildren and their teachers benefit from the station’s education services that provide a safe, trusted environment for innovative on-air and online learning. Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of WBRA-TV/DT in Roanoke, WSBN-TV/DT in Norton, and WMSY-TV/DT in Marion, Va.                    

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