Saturday, April 2, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M VANESSA RUFFES.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
HUNDREDS TURNED OUT IN WARNER ROBINS ... TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST BULLYING.
LAUREN DISPIRITO WAS AT TODAY'S *BE A BUDDY... NOT A BULLY* EVENT AT JOHNNY G'S FUN CENTER... AND EXPLAINS WHY SOME STUDENTS SHARED THEIR STORIES.
TEN YEAR OLD WESLEY ALEXANDER SAYS HE ENJOYS WRITING.

NATS READS ESSAY

THE MACON FOURTH GRADER WON AN AWARD FOR HIS ESSAY ON WHAT TO DO WHEN FACING A BULLY... AND SHARED IT WITH THE CROWD GATHERED AT SATURDAY'S ANTI-BULLYING EVENT IN WARNER ROBINS.

WESLEY ALEXANDER, MACON: I JUST WANTED TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT BULLYING BECAUSE I KNOW ITS WRONG

TEN YEAR OLD KYLE EVANS ALSO SHARED HIS STORY.

KYLE EVANS, 10 BYRON: IT'S NOT GOING TO HELP ANYBODY AND BULLYING'S THE WRONG THING TO DO

BOTH BOYS SAY THEY KNOW TO GET HELP... WHEN THEY SEE THEIR PEERS TREAT OTHERS BADLY AT SCHOOL.

WESLEY ALEXANDER, MACON: THEY WAS TALKING ABOUT THEM, USING PROFANITY AND I JUST SAID YOU NEED TO STOP BECAUSE HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF SOMEBODY TREATED YOU LIKE THAT?"

RECLAIMING GROUND'S PAMELA STAUFFER SAYS HER GROUP SPONSORED THE EVENT... TO PREVENT PROBLEMS CAUSED BY BULLYING.

PAMELA STAUFFER, RECLAIMING GROUND, ORGANIZER: "IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS THEIR OWN AGE TO TELL THEIR STORY BECASUE THEY NEED TO KNOW THEY'RE EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS JUST LIKE ANYBODY ELSE...

THE GROUP CITES STATISTICS FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS...
IT SAYS MORE THAN 150 THOUSAND STUDENTS MISS SCHOOL EACH DAY... FROM FEARS OF BEING BULLIED.
THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS MORE THAN 30 PERCENT OF STUDENTS REPORT BEING BULLIED EACH YEAR.

PAMELA STAUFFER, RECLAIMING GROUND, ORGANIZER "THEY HAVE THE ANSWERS AND THEY'RE THE SMARTEST ONES TO DELIVER IT"

ALEXANDER AND EVANS SAY THEY HOPE THEIR MESSAGE STOPS KIDS FROM BECOMING BULLIES.

WESLEY ALEXANDER, MACON "THAT KIDS WILL GET OUT AND KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY'RE BEING BULLIED GO TELL A TEACHER OR AN ADULT"
KYLE EVANS, 10 BYRON: "I THINK IT WILL HELP YOUNGER PEOPLE AND HOPEFULLY THEY'LL LEARN NOT TO BE A BULLY AND IF YOU ARE, STOP"


LAUREN DISPIRITO
13 WMAZ
EYEWITNESS NEWS


THE EVENT'S SPONSOR... RECLAIMING GROUND... SAYS IT AIMS TO PREVENT NEGATIVE INFLUENCES ON STUDENTS THROUGH SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES AND PROGRAMS.
TODAY'S EVENT INCLUDED SPEECHES... GIVE-AWAYS... AND A WRESTLING COMPETITION THAT FEATURED A SKIT ON DANGERS OF BULLYING.


A FORT VALLEY GIRL... BATTLING BRAIN CANCER... GOT A SURPRISE TODAY... THANKS TO SOME PEACH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLERS.

THE FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVERS CLUB TEAMED UP WITH ROOMS FROM THE HEART TO GIVE A LITTLE GIRL NAMED WILLA HER DREAM BEDROOM.
10-YEAR-OLD WILLA IS A THIRD GRADER AT HUNT ELEMENTARY... AND WILL SOON HEAD TO ATLANTA TO RECEIVE TREATMENT FOR BRAIN CANCER.
ABOUT A DOZEN TEENS PLUS THEIR FRIENDS AND PARENTS SPENT THEIR FIRST DAY OF SPRING BREAK PAINTING... TIDYING UP OUTSIDE... AND PUTTING IN NEW FLOORING AT WILLA'S HOUSE.
THEY SAY ALL THE HARD WORK IS WORTH THE FAMILY'S REACTION.


LAURA WHYTE, BYRON "YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW THE IMPACT YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE ON SOMEONE, SO YOU HAVE TO DO GOOD WHILE YOU CAN CAUSE IT CAN LAST AND HAVE A RIPPLE EFFECT."
JUSTIN JONES, FV "I JUST FEEL LIKE I'M A PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN ME NOW. MAKING SOMEBODY ELSE HAPPY."


ANN MOSELEY WITH ROOMS FROM THE HEART SAYS THE RENOVATION WAS WORTH ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
SHE SAYS LOCAL BUSINESSES DONATED THE MATERIALS... AND ALL THE LABOR OF COURSE CAME FROM VOLUNTEERS.
SHE SAYS WILLA'S FAMILY WAS TREATED TO A FREE MOVIE... LUNCH... AND DINNER WHILE VOLUNTEERS WORKED ON THE HOME.

SOME PEOPLE GOT INTO THE SPRINGTIME MOOD TODAY... AND PICKED UP SOME GARDENING TIPS.

IT ALL HAPPENED AT THE SPRING HOME AND GARDEN SHOW IN PERRY... WHERE ABOUT 100 VENDORS WERE ON HAND TO SHARE GARDENING TIPS AND PRODUCTS.
PEOPLE CHECKED OUT ALL THINGS GREEN... BUT THE MASTER GARDENERS CLUB OF CENTRAL GEORGIA -- WHO SPONSORED THE EVENT -- SAYS THIS YEAR'S FAVORITES WERE NATIVE AZALEAS AND RHODODENDRONS...
ONE WASHINGTON COUNTY WOMAN SAYS SHE CAME TO OUT SEE ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PLANTS ... BUT IS MOST EXCITED ABOUT MINGLING WITH FELLOW GARDENERS LIKE HERSELF.
TAMMY CHEELY, WASHINTON COUNTY: "YOU CAN TALK TO PEOPLE AND FIND OUT YOU HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON AND SHARE THINGS THAT YOU LEARNED ABOUT HOW TO GROW THINGS THAT YOU DIDNT KNOW.. YOU KNOW LIKE SOMETHING YOU HAD A HARD TIME WITH LIKE THESE...I FOUND OUT WHAT I NEEDED TO DO TO MAKE IT LIVE AND GROW."

IF YOU MISSED TODAY'S SHOW ... THE EVENT CONTINUES TOMORROW.

THE SPRING HOME AND GARDEN SHOW STARTS BACK UP AT10 A-M IN THE MCGILL BUIDLING AT THE PERRY FAIRGROUNDS.
IT WRAPS UP AROUND 5.
TICKETS ARE 5 DOLLARS AT THE DOOR... AND KIDS 12 AND UNDER GET IN FREE.

AND WHEN YOU'RE DONE THERE ...YOU CAN WALK NEXT DOOR TO HERITAGE HALL ... AND CHECK OUT THE KOI FISH SHOW.
THAT EVENT IS FREE AND RUNS FROM 8 A-M ... TO 2.
ONE SPARTA WOMAN CELEBRATED HER 103RD BIRTHDAY TODAY... SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

IT'S ACTUALLY A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE JAMIE KENNEDY'S BIRTHDAY... BUT HER CHURCH CHOIR AND FAMILY STARTED THE PARTY EARLY BY SINGING TO HER.
THEN... SPARTA'S MAYOR AND KENNEDY'S GRAND DAUGHTER THANKED HER FOR GUIDING AND RAISING THEM.

KENNEDY'S FAMILY SAYS THEY'RE PROUD OF HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS... WHICH RANGE FROM GIVING PIANO LESSONS TO NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS... TO STARTING THE HANCOCK COUNTY METHODIST MISSIONARY .
KENNEDY SAYS HER KEY TO SUCCESS IS ALWAYS STAYING INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.


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