September 24, 2013
To: Mrs. Gayle Jackson, President, The DeSean Jackson Foundation
Dear Mrs. Jackson,
After dealing with bullying in and out of school, my 11 year old daughter, Hanna Maier, started A Community For Change on Facebook (she was 10 at the time). She wanted to make a positive difference in her community and in the lives of her peers.
On May 14, 2013, the Prospect Park Borough Council passed two resolutions which Hanna presented, making her hometown Pennsylvania’s first “Bully-Free community” and a “compassionate borough.” These same resolutions were adopted in Tyrone, Pa. in August 2013. We are also working with our school board in order to implement new district-wide policies and programs for the upcoming school year and I will be meeting with Delaware County District Attorney Whelan this Friday to discuss what the County can do. Hanna has since been named “Ups Sander of the Week” by The Bully Project and most recently been featured in Be You Magazine for her bullying awareness movement.
We want other children to see that they CAN make a difference, that they do have a voice. We are hopeful that the walk, on October 5, 2013, will empower other children to take a stand. Parents and teachers will begin talking to their children about acceptance, kindness and to be empathetic. To be the change you want to see in the world.
We regret that your son, DeSean, and you will not be able to join us for the walk for bullying awareness; but, are honored to know that you have taken a personal interest in my family; and, developed a national dialogue about bullying. We sincerely hope to have the privilege of meeting you and thanking you in the near future.
Info on the Walk for Awareness on our FB Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/189089741257924/
YouTube video (Phila.6ABC news segment):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3-acfwWP10