In this November 2013 photo, Brandon University Anti-Bullying Society vice-president Krystal Kayne, left, explains the concept of the BUABS’ anti-bullying blanket, which is large enough to cover a school bus, to another student. Organizers hope to garner more signatures when the blanket is on display at the Manitoba legislature on Feb. 26.
Brandon University’s bus-sized anti-bullying blanket, and students behind the initiative, have been invited to gather more signatures at the Manitoba legislative building in Winnipeg this month.
Krystal Kayne, a fourth-year BU student and vice-president of the university’s Anti-Bullying Society, said the student group has been gathering signatures and messages on the anti-bullying blanket for more than a year.
So far, the pink blanket has surpassed 7,000 signatures and is almost big enough to be wrapped around an entire school bus, Kayne said.
"When it initially started we were going to only do a king-sized blanket," Kayne said. "Now it’s a blanket that we can literally put on the ground, have the bus drive over it and wrap the bus with it."
The objective behind the blanket is to bring more awareness to anti-bullying efforts, as well as initiate additional programming services in early years schools, she said.
"Just to try to work with students at the younger years when bullying first starts," she said. "We just want to bring about more education, more programming, more awareness and more implementation of coping skills with help from counsellors."
Kayne said she’s hoping students in the Winnipeg School Division and other local community members will come to the legislative building on Feb. 26 and sign the blanket.
"This has been a pet project for over a year, so I’m really looking forward to having it there," she said.
Those wanting to join Kayne and some members of BU’s Anti-Bullying Society in Winnipeg can contact Kayne for more information via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kayne said they plan to send the blanket to Ottawa after their visit in Winnipeg.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 12, 2014