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Wayland Activities during National Bullying Prevention Month

Students stand by anti-bullying signIn October, Wayland Union Middle School Guidance Counselor, Jeff Poelstra, initiated a variety of student activities around the topic of bullying. Educational videos were shown to students in PRIDE classes to create courage, unity and strength in standing for others, and how to try to avoid bullying and cope with it.

Events were held such as “Acts of Kindness Day”, a digital poster contest, a celebration of National Unity Day on Oct. 20 where students were encouraged to wear blue, and a Pledge Day where each student was encouraged to sign a pledge with their commitment to stand up and support others wherever and whenever they see bullying.

Mr. Poelstra helped form an Anti-bullying/School Climate student group called “Wildcat Wonders” who helped with the events and volunteered to write positive messages in chalk at all the entrances of the school.

Poelstra stated "The goal of these activities was to educate students on what bullying is, how to believe in the Power of One to stand up to bullying behaviors, and how to show empathy to those impacted by it."

 

Author: Laurie Zywiczynski, Wayland Union Schools