|Our PLP video group conducted interviews about the importance of standing up for each other and Unity Day during explore block.|
Unity Day 2015
Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion
Bullying Prevention Awareness month was initiated by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center in October 2006. Since it began, the event has grown to an entire month of education and awareness activities, and is being recognized by schools and communities throughout the world. PACER recognized that students, parents, and people around the world need to become more aware of the serious consequences of bullying.
PACER developed National Bullying Prevention Month to raise awareness and also to change the culture around bullying, which was historically considered a childhood rite of passage. “We know that bullying can lead to school avoidance, decreased self-esteem, depression, and even self-harm,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “Bullying intervention and prevention is something in which everyone can play an important role.”
At Barre City School we address the issue of bullying every day in a proactive way. Among other things, specific activities include direct instruction about peer/relational aggression, other types of bullying, peer to peer training and modeling, active strategy teaching for bystanders, an excellent system of alertness, follow up and addressing problems as they arise.
Our entire middle school, every student and staff member, participated in Unity Day today. Between decorating the banner, the hallways, the drive, sending letters, writing, interviews, and a variety of other activities, students were actively engaged in sending a common message. When I walked into the cafeteria during grades 5 and 6 lunch, I saw that every student and teacher was wearing something orange. What an incredible sight! Equally impressive was the 7th and 8th grade representation, and as I completed my end of the day walk through, I was so glad to see the peer interviews happening. Our students are clearly hearing and internalizing the message that anti-bullying efforts are not about a day, or a week, or a month. Positive change comes one small moment at a time, all stacked up together. These moments can and need to happen every day, every week, every month, all year and for years to come. We know this at BCEMS, but we sure did have a great time today coming together for this national event.
|We started our day by walking to put posters up on all of the trees that line our drive.|
|Our office staff participated - Thank you ladies!|
|One of the activities completed today|
|Some of our 7th and 8th graders make a statement.|
|Some of our fifth graders.|
|Ms. Bettis and two of her students after completing some of their activities.|
|Mr. Woodard and Mr. Mislak|
|One of our behavior specialists - Justine|
|Students - every single one (400 of them!) signed the banner today.|