PACER Center created an Anti-Bullying campaign in 2006 which has evolved into a month long focus on the message: The End of Bullying Begins with Me. The Minnesota Department of Education embraced the idea for Minnesota.
During October, a variety of activities were reported throughout District 287 schools and programs. We've gathered a few reports from our sites. (read more)
• Chris Mann, Assistant Principal at Edgewood Education Center, reported that Student Council members led the students and staff in acknowledging anti-bullying by wearing orange on October 17.
In addition, students in the Explore Program created an anti-bullying rap.
• Kimber Doty, Program Facilitator at Northwest Tech Center, shared their activities. Unity Day was celebrated on October 10 at VECTOR/InVEST/Venture Transition Program at NWTC.
Earlier in the school year, guest speaker, Willie Bridges from the Hennepin County Attorney’s office and member of the Governor’s task force for bullying prevention spoke to students at NWTC. Since then, they have engaged in a thoughtful discussion about the effects of bullying and ways to build a culture to prevent it.
In order to plan Unity Day, a student committee met to prepare activities which included wearing orange shirts and wrist bands; placing posters in the halls and classrooms with expectations and a protocol to use when bullying is observed or reported; and signing a unity banner.
• Ruth Norman, Program Facilitator, and Heather Miron, Social Worker, at North Education Center, shared their site activities for the month. Elementary Student Council members started the day by leading students and staff in the following pledge: “I pledge to stand up against bullying because change starts with me.” The people who took the pledge then received an orange ribbon to wear showing their support to end bullying in our school.
People outside of elementary programs saw the ribbons and soon the student council members were asked to go to the ALC programs to present the anti-bullying program. More than 150 orange ribbons were passed out to staff and students.
The NEC Middle School student council received training on how to lead others in taking the pledge against bullying. Collapse this story