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AUSTIN, MN — Two out of three teens are verbally or physically harassed each year and some in our area are trying to bring that number down.
The “Community Agaisnt Bullying” (CAB) was out collecting donations and spreading the word in Austin Friday.
They were at the three-way stop on 4th St. NW and 1st Ave. NW near the high school and also at 8th Ave. NW and 14th St. NW by Riverland Community College.
They are raising money for several events and scholarships for kids.
“We know we’re not going to eliminate bullying, but we can start to empower kids to be more bullyproof, so kind of envision a shield in front of them. It could be a confidence booster with a scholarship to help them get into dance or karate or anything like that and then programs to help parents to learn how to keep their kids resilient,” said event organizer, Danielle Nesvold.
Their work is spreading beyond the city’s streets.
“We’re starting to broaden what we do here in Austin to outside of our borders. We’ve been invited to Kasson to work with their kids there too. Communities are starting to adapt what we’re doing and it’s growing, it’s growing out and that’s what we like to see,” Nesvold said.
This year they also received a $10,000 donation from Reenie Hogan in memory of her daughter Kelsey. She said Kelsey would have been a strong supporter of CAB if she were still alive.