WWE brings the Be a STAR message to North Carolina
By Kara A. Medalis
KNIGHTDALE, N.C. — WWE and The Creative Coalition hosted a Be a STAR anti-bullying rally at Hodge Road Elementary School Tuesday before SmackDown was live in Raleigh!
Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez hosted the event for more than 400 students in second through fifth grade. Hodge Road Elementary Principal Debra Pearce was another special guest at the rally.
The Superstars talked to the WWE Universe about the different forms of bullying, such as cyber, physical and verbal, and encouraged everyone in attendance to Be a STAR by not being bystanders and by standing up to bullies.
Del Rio and Rodriguez shared their own personal stories about how they have been bullied, and urged the students to take action. The Superstars also led the audience in the Be a STAR Pledge.
One out of every four children is bullied, and a child is bullied every seven minutes. Through WWE and The Creative Coalition’s campaign, children around the globe are encouraged to “Be a STAR: Show.Tolerance.And.Respect.”
For more than a year and a half, WWE Superstars and Divas have visited more than 40 schools to spread the Be a STAR message, affecting 20,000-plus children! This is in addition to the 25,000 people who have taken the Be a STAR Pledge online at community.wwe.com/diversity.
Be a STAR is made up of more than 50 alliance partners, including Scholastic Inc., YMCA of America, Girl Scouts of America, GLAAD, RAINN and STOMP Out Bullying. For more information, visit the Be a STAR Facebook page and check out Be a STAR on Twitter @beastaralliance. Also on community.wwe.com/diversity, take the official Be a STAR Pledge and download a free Be a STAR teacher’s aide and Be a STAR toolkit to start your own local chapter.