As part of the Man Up Against Bullying campaign Northside High School marketing students are conducting this month, a lip-dub music video will be filmed tonight in downtown Columbus.
Even if you missed the deadline to register your group, you still can participate in the video as an individual extra. Just gather at 5:45 p.m. today at the outdoor concert stage on the 1000 block of Broadway. The filming, gratis from Columbus Tape & Video, is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to wear something that shows unity, such as a school, team or company shirt. The public is invited to watch the video's premiere at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Northside auditorium. That's when prizes will be awarded for the campaign's best anti-bullying children's book and scarecrow.
The Distributive Education Clubs of America chapter at Northside, comprising students studying marketing, created the Man Up Against Bullying campaign. The club's faculty advisers are Libby Clay and Emily Styers.
The campaign's monthlong series of events include weekly activities at Northside such as:
Man-Up Monday, when students receive paper bow ties, or they can buy real ones for $1, and a photo both is set up during lunch for students to take goofy pictures.
Transformation Tuesday, when students take a photo of a new friend or someone they normally don't talk to and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #nhsmakenewfriends.
Pledge Wall Wednesday, when students sign a pledge to be a friend and not a bully. The particular pledge changes each week.
Twitter Thursday, when students tweet positive comments to each other with the hashtag #nhsspeakagainstbullying.
Forgive and Forget Fridays, when students write on a poster in the school's atrium about how they made a positive difference that day. Prizes are awarded for the best photo from Transformation Tuesday and the best tweet from Twitter Thursday.
Special events include Peace Day, when students dress in 1970s attire to promote harmony, and Wordless Wednesday, when the school has a moment of silence for lives lost due to bullying.
The website bullyingstatistics.org states that "in about 85 percent of bullying cases, no intervention effort is made on the part of students, teachers, parents or administration." The Northside students intend to help improve that statistic.
Northside junior Stori Daniel, 16, already has noticed the campaign affecting her classmates.
"People are more aware about how big a situation bullying is," she said. "I've had people come up to me and say, 'Wow! I didn't know bullying was that big a problem.' I also know people who have been bullied, and they are really thankful that we're doing this campaign and really putting it out there for people to know."
Parents have emailed their gratitude about the campaign. Even a 96-year-old woman who still remembers being bullied in high school wants to come out and support the lip-dub, Clay said.
"It was just awesome for the students to hear that," Clay said. "We're making a difference to people. That whole class was applauding when I told first block."
The Northside campaign's organizers realize they aren't immune to bullying.
"I can make rude comments and not realize it can hurt people's feelings," said junior Lexee Williams, 16, "but this has made me more aware."