Winners Chosen In The SockKids’ Book Contest

We want to thank the many people who shared our book link of the new anti-bullying SockKids’ story. In the book, we tell a story for children of all ages about how bullying hurts everyone. We also have some guidelines for parents and children given by licensed therapist and family counselor, Jamie Ross. Children’s advocate, Shelley Larkin, presents a quiz for parents and children to take. Since this is a serious subject, we’ve taken our role in this book with the utmost responsibility. And… winners have been chosen in our contest and two contestants each received 25 books of The SockKids Say NO To Bullying! You can still do your part as well. You, too, can do the same for any school or organization of your choice by buying and sending a book. Simply go to the link, purchase the book, and put in the shipping address of a school or organization. Amazon will deliver it directly. You can also put a note in the gift receipt area. Thank you to those who shared our link! Here’s a link if you wish to purchase the...

A Mother Fights On In Her Daughter’s Memory

A Mother Fights On In Her Daughter’s Memory By Michael John Sullivan It was a February night like no other in the Freeze family household — one that will live in heartbreaking, reflective memory forever. Seventeen year old Payton told her family something terrible was going on at school. There were no indications that 17-year old Payton Freeze was thinking about committing suicide. “She did not disclose the real bullying until the night before her suicide,” said Payton’s Mom, Kim. “She used to say that the kids were mean.” Payton’s Dad, Brent, discovered her body. Kim Freeze had taken previous action in defense of her daughter. “I complained to the school back in November that Payton was stating the kids were being “mean” to her and the counselor stated she would meet every week with her and she did not (say the same thoughts).” It was in the following February when Dad found Payton. “I am doing my best,” Kim said. Kim added: “The police have not closed the case. So we don’t know anything.” Left behind are not only grieving parents but Joshua Hollingsworth, a sister Kayla Berlin and her grandparents James and Kim Berlin and Bob and Lois Freeze. The pictures Kim Freeze shares on the Facebook pages of her daughter and the family are both beautiful and heart wrenching. The Freeze family is doing everything they can to keep their daughter’s memory alive, whether it would be on social media or at the high school where Payton was supposed to graduate this year as a senior. “We have fought to get our daughter remembered in the yearbook and at graduation,” Kim...

Jim West Makes Impact With Anti-Bullying Stance

Jim West Makes Impact With Anti-Bullying Stance By Michael John Sullivan How does a man become a leading bullying expert in a nation overwhelmed with such an important issue? Perhaps it’s the home grown experience. Jim West once said in a previous interview he was the type of child he is trying to help today. “I’m not sure you can say I was a bully,” he said with some hesitation. “But I picked on other kids, because there was domestic violence going on at home with my father.” The SockKids organization met with West in his Orlando offices last week to discuss the many issues facing parents and children today, including the growing harsh problem of bullying. “Unfortunately, it’s taken off to a higher level with cyberbullying,” West said. “Bullying cases have tripled due to the internet, social media, and cyberbullying.” West has spent the last 16 years in reaching out to parents and children with an assortment of issues. The SockKids focused on the issue of bullying since our book will be released this week. “We try to take a proactive, positive approach to the children being bullied,” West said. West’s organization, Total Life Counseling, has camps during the summer in which he and a number of counselors work with children. “We run it for about about three weeks, twenty kids a week, a total of sixty for the summer. We try to encourage those being bullied to respond in a unique way. “For example: One kid said to another basketball player, ‘your three-point shooting sucks.’ I told him to respond this way. ‘Yes, my three-point shooting sucks....

Destination Imagination Steps Up Against Bullying

Destination Imagination Steps Up Against Bullying By Michael John Sullivan Destination Imagination CEO Dr. Chuck Cadle (far left in picture with Michael John Sullivan and Shelley Larkin) stepped up against bullying with his pen and his generosity last month. Cadle wrote the foreword in the new SockKids‘ book,, “The SockKids Stand Up Against Bullying.” Cadle expressed his profound thoughts on the issue of bullying and the impact it has on all our lives. In addition, Cadle purchased 2,500 books of the SockKids’ book and has distributed over 2,000 of them to educators, volunteers, and Destination Imagination team managers. This beautiful act of kindness has already had far reaching impact. While at the 2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, many parents and children approached the SockKids booth and expressed their gratitude for the story, the book, and the message it is sending. Children also told us how they were bullied and that they were happy Destination Imagination and the SockKids were focusing on this important issue. Cadle remains dedicated to this cause and continuing to make an even deeper impact. “It was a great launch to the book,” he said. “We’re happy it’s reaching people.” Cadle says he’s going to dedicate his energy and resources in making sure the impact is felt world wide. And the SockKids are equally happy to have collaborated with Cadle and Destination Imagination. We will be providing links in the future to the book as well as featuring it on our website....