DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – “We’re giving away free food, we’ve got free giveaways, we have the educational center, we’ve got different tents and vendors,” said Sheri Aldridge, president of New Beginnings for You, describing the first Make a Difference Day.

This is an anti-bullying rally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, at Welcome Stadium from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

But Aldridge said it is not all fun and games because the day will center around the impacts of bullying. 

A message Amy Ferneding said she knows all too well after her 15 year-old was bullied, and now her 6-year-old has been coming home from his first school year, also a victim.

“Yesterday, he got off the bus, head hanging down, and I asked him what happened, and he told me that the boy had hit him, not once but twice,” said Ferneding.

Now Ferdining is asking all parents to use this event to educate themselves on what their child could be going through.

“If something’s wrong with your child, you know it,” said Ferdining. “Get your butt in gear, help your child, go to this event.”

“Be informed about some resources that could help if you’re being bullied,” said Aldridge. “Even for those parents who have kids that may be a bully.”

Saturday’s event is a partnership between For Love of Children, New Beginnings for You, Dyer, Garofalo, Mann, & Schultz, IT’S TIME 2!, Chrome and Speed, Buckeye Health Plan, and Owens Entertainment.

The anti-bullying rally will have speakers presenting their individual testimonies, as well as experts speaking on depression, teen suicide, self-esteem, and school violence.

Buses will be running throughout the Dayton area, picking up children who would like to attend.

For more information on volunteering, click here.