A grassroots movement is already gaining rapid momentum.
‘Love is Louder Cochrane’ was a group created by Jennifer Spackman, after a case of bullying hit her close to home. Realizing that bullying was affecting several other parents, Spackman decided to step up.
“I decided to make this work because I already ran a mom group on Instagram, and I noticed a bunch of moms in town were already dealing with bullying problems with their children. It hit home when my own child was bullied. I had to do something to help.”
With some parents feeling let down from the school side, others noticed there was a definite lack of community resources. Affecting children of all ages, Spackman, wants to create positive experiences for the victim and/or their entire family. “It is a support system of parents that will work together to pool their resources in hopes of making these kids experience brighter days. Kind of like ‘Make a Wish’, but for bullied kids. We want to offer a safe space for families and kids impacted by bullying to know that there are people who care.”
All types of experiences could be offered, says Spackman, either as a business or personal donation. “We want them to think of this as ‘how can we put a smile on your kid’s face’. If that’s Zoo passes or a LEGO set, a day out at BMX, or even an outing at someone’s farm, we will accept all. We already have some moms willing to deliver flowers or take them out on Monster Trucks. It’s all about letting them know they’re loved and cared about — that’s the goal.”
Encouraging parents, caregivers, and youth affected by bullying to speak up, Spackman, says messages will be handled with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality. “We need more people to stand up and take action. People are encouraged to share their stories through private messaging on social media.”
Want to be involved? Spackman says, if we’re going to see change we need bullies to understand that Love Is Louder in the town of Cochrane. “Join us. Donate your time. Pool your resources. Help us run events. We just want as many people to help as possible. These kids are everything to us.”