Elkins Cinema 8 is opening its silver screens up to area schools to help in raising awareness of bullying. Manager Heath Quint said a national organization, The Bully Project, is pushing for 1 million students to see the documentary "Bully."
"We are excited the opportunity is available to bring students in with no admission charge for such a topic," he said. "We don't just want to bring students to the Elkins Cinema 8. The theater in Buckhannon is also available."
The 2011 documentary focuses on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. The film is being released in theaters again so teachers can take their students to see the film. Quint said that Tygart Valley High/Middle School started the process with the Bully Project and now the entire student body at the school will see the film at no cost.
"TVHS has found funding to pay for students to see the movie," he said. "We want other schools to take advantage of this."
The Bully Project has partnered with Donors Choose to help pay for the project. Quint said applying for the funding is easy with teachers only needing to go online and fill-out an application. The application is available at help.donorschoose.org/app/bullyproject and Quint said teachers should read the instructions thoroughly when applying.
Along with TVHS, Elkins High School has also booked a showing for the approximately 800 students at the school. Quint said teachers need to apply as soon as possible. He said teachers are eligible to apply for the funding and the school has to have at least 200 students.
"We want to do our part in raising awareness of bullying," he said.
For more information, contact Quint at email@example.com.