GEMS Students Pledge to “Stand Up, Speak Out” on Bullying

Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step – Provide multiple avenues for students and staff to lead, advocate, and serve within the school and community.

Indicator of Success – Student voice will have the power to impact the perceptions of others.

Throughout the month of November, Georgia Middle School students had the opportunity to learn about and show their support against bullying. Students in grades 3-8 participated in Blue Clothing Day on November 3rd which was organized by two sixth graders who wanted to raise awareness about how hurtful and damaging bullying can be and how we need to work together to stand up and stomp out bullying.  In addition to wearing blue, students had the opportunity to sign a “Stand up to Bullying Pledge” and received a blue wristband with the message, “Stand up, speak out.”

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Today I have an obligation.  No longer will I be silent if you need help. Silence is participation.  I refuse to participate in the problem.  We are all different, but we all deserve respect.  If you need help, come to me.  If you think you need help, I’m getting involved.  I’ve got your back. 

– Stand up to Bullying Pledge

The following week students were invited to a Sweethearts and Heroes Assembly. They did an amazing presentation addressing schools about bullying.  The message delivered to students was about tolerance, awareness, and an action plan for when ‘bullying happens.’

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Fundamental Goals from the Sweethearts and Heroes Assembly are:

  • Empowering all students with an action plan
  • Enhancing the school climate to stop bullying
  • Redefining bullying bystanders and victims of bullying
  • Providing choices for kids

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When our students get off the bus in the mornings and go into our hallways, they are greeted with the day’s message.  Each message connects to our theme for the year, “Wisdom Begins with Wonder.”  This theme ties in nicely with the two anti-bullying programs that occurred during the month of November.

 

We are proud of our student leaders for spreading this important message among their peers and for their continued efforts to end bullying in schools.

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