Anti-bullying organization receives funding

An anti-bullying group in Summerland has received a grant from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan.

An anti-bullying group in Summerland has received a grant from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan.

The grant, for $3,500, was given last week.

“This generous donation from the Community Foundation will help us purchase computers for our volunteers to use and will help us better manage the demands of the Stop A Bully program,” said director Trevor Knowlton.

“As all of our volunteers have full-time careers, it is critical that they have the technology to complete Stop A Bully work outside of the Summerland office.”

Knowlton, a teacher at Summerland Secondary School, created the Stop A Bully site in 2009 to help students report incidents of bullying.

It has since grown to a national initiative.

The organization also does fundraising to raise awareness about issues surrounding bullying and cyberbullying in schools.

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan has an endowment of $6.5 million and grants approximately $200,000 annually to organizations through the Okanagan and Similkameen.