Bullying occurs in all areas of life, including home, school, work and community. Not only does it rear its ugly head in terrorizing children, making them incapable of reaching their personal potential, but it also puts a serious dent in the productivity of adults in the work place.
To fight this problem,Bob Dubik, Bob Rose and a small group of school, community and civic leaders have created the C.A.Z. Program, Cazenovia Anti-Bully Zone. Through signs, posters and banners in parades the community started engaging in the program. Colored wristbands with the C.A.Z. theme were distributed at the farmers market and in schools. Project Caf volunteers were instrumental in supporting the program.
The program has lead to the implementation of a nationally promoted anti-bully program in the school district known as "Bullies to Buddies". This program was developed and is presented by Izzy Kalman, a certified school psychologist. On Sept. 28 Kalman will be giving a presentation to the students in the morning, the teachers in the afternoon and the community in the evening. The evening presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.