Bullying prevention week: Make a new friend

9NEWS at 8 a.m. 10/26/16.

KUSA - October is dedicated to bullying prevention, so this week, 9NEWS is bringing you stories and advice from the people who see bullying everyday. 

Today's challenge: Make a new friend. 

If you've ever been the new guy at work or school or the new kid in town, you know how it feels. 

So today, 9NEWS is challenging you to meet somebody new. Go to lunch, grab a coffee, or just say hello. 

Never underestimate the power of a smile. 

This week, I went to Denver's Skinner Middle School, where students impressed with me with their own experiences, knowledge and advice for others.  

"I know what it's like to be treated unfairly and stuff, to have mean things said to you," eighth grader Marisa Bonacquista said. "So, I feel like, if you know what it feels like, you don't want other people to experience it as well." 

Bonacquista also said that her school takes a big role in working to prevent bullying, and stresses a more inclusive community. 

Another eighth grader, Gabriel Alba, told me he just wants to inspire a "nice snowball effect," where one good deed or positive moment starts to reverberate throughout the school. 

I was blown away by both of them, who spoke with wisdom beyond their years. 

So, when you're out and about today - hold the door, offer a smile, stop for random chit chat. It won't stop bullying forever, but it will definitely brighten someone's day. 

Help 9NEWS be part of the solution. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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