Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced a new partnership with the Iowa Grocery Industry Association and its participating members in helping to fund the Governor's Bullying Prevention Summit, which will be held at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines on Nov. 4, through scan pads found at checkout counters across the state.
Iowans will be able to begin donating at area grocery stores beginning Oct. 1, which also kicks off Bullying Prevention Month. Participating grocers include Dahl's, Fareway, Hy-Vee, Wally's Food Pride, Keith's Foods and Don's Foods.
The new campaign was started to offset the costs associated with the event, as well as help raise awareness for the summit. Any remaining funds will go to a statewide bullying prevention education fund for Iowa schools, which will be able to apply for competitive grants that will be evenly distributed among rural, urban and suburban schools.
"We are thrilled to announce today that the Iowa Grocery Industry Association and its participating members will host a campaign during October to raise funds for bullying prevention," said Branstad. "We deeply appreciate the IGIA's support for efforts by our administration and communities across the state to help all students feel safe and respected at school."
Branstad encouraged all Iowans to get involved in stopping bullying.
"We want to send the message that bullying prevention should be a top priority for all of us," the governor continued. "The summit is open to the public, and we hope to sell out like last year."
The summit's focus this year is how adults and students can make a difference. Generous summit support pledged by sponsors this summer and registration fees are expected to cover most if not all of the summit costs, estimated to be about $90,000. A complete list of sponsors can be found on the summit website:https://preventbullying.iowa.gov/.
"Many schools and communities have been working for some time to better address the pervasive problem of bullying. We are grateful for their work, and want to encourage it," said Reynolds. "We also want to encourage schools that have not been as involved in bullying prevention to explore what they can do. Iowans' contributions at grocery stores during the month of October can help make that happen. And again, we want to express our deep appreciation to the Iowa Grocery Industry Association for joining us as a partner by stepping up to help prevent bullying."