Taco John's Announces Partnership with STOMP Out Bullying™

June 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // It happens more often than most realize. According to STOMP Out Bullying™, the leading national bullying prevention organization in the United States, one out of every four kids faces bullying. Depending on their age, up to 43% of students are cyberbullied.

"It's a problem that's growing at an alarming rate. It has everyone worried – parents, students, teachers and employers. That's why Taco John's® has decided to work with STOMP Out Bullying™," says Jeff Linville, CEO for Taco John's®. "Together we will raise awareness of bullying and the many forms it can take. We will help connect students, parents and teachers with the valuable resources they need to prevent bullying."

Taco John's® is working with its franchisees to promote STOMP Out Bullying™ at the grassroots level. Letters asking for support are going out to local school principals. Taco John's® is providing posters that schools can hang to raise awareness of bullying prevention. And in each restaurant, guests are encouraged to purchase $1 donation cards with the proceeds benefiting STOMP Out Bullying™.

"We are excited to have Taco John's® work with us as a Bullying Prevention Partner. We're grateful for the company's support of our mission and their desire to help put an end to bullying and cyberbullying," says Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying™. "Together we will connect bullied and at-risk students to our HelpChat Line, facilitate peer mentorships in schools and empower students to step up and be positive leaders." More information about STOMP Out Bullying™, as well as free resources for students, parents and educators can be found online at www.StompOutBullying.org

About Taco John's®

Taco John's® operates and franchises over 400 quick-service restaurants in 25 states. Privately owned, the business opened its first restaurant in 1969 in Cheyenne. Taco John's® prides itself on serving generous portions, menu items prepared fresh to your order, high quality ingredients and special recipes, seasonings and sauces. For more information, visit www.tacojohns.com.

About STOMP Out Bullying™

STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for kids and teens in the U.S.

STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying; as well as educating kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide, raising awareness, peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns. An additional focus educates parents on how to keep their children safe and responsible online.

SOURCE Taco John's®

Contacts:

Renée Middleton
Vice President for Marketing, Taco John's®
1-800-854-0819 ext. 143
RMiddleton@tacojohns.com
Twitter.com/TJI_Middleton

Bruce Bobbins
DKC
1-212-981-5190
Bruce_Bobbins@dkcnews.com

Caitlin O'Neill
DKC
1-212-981-5246
Caitlin_Oneill@dkcnews.com

Don Hoffman
DKC
1-212-981-5118
Don_Hoffman@dkcnews.com

Megan Lavery
DKC
1-212-981-5147
Megan_Lavery@dkcnews.com

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