National Bullying Prevention Month

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    The Prevention Programs and Alternative Education Department has prepared a variety of activities for the District in promoting National Bullying Prevention Month for October. Some of the activities provided by the District have been inspired by the PACER's National Prevention Center (www.pacer.org/bullying). Activities for the month of October are listed below.
     
    District Wide Activities
    • Unity Day, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - We are encouraging everyone in the District including parents and community members to wear orange for Unity Day. By wearing orange you will be joining others across the country to support those who have been bullied or are being bullied and making the statement, "Together We Can Create a World Without Bullying."

    • Pep Talk - Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students! and Pep Talk to the World are available on SAFARI Montage as a great resource for school leaders to air on School News/Television Programs in the schools.

    • Blue Shirt Day© World Day of Bullying PreventionTM - an initiative to STOMP Out Bullying. We are asking students, staff, parents, and businesses to GO BLUE on Monday, October 1, 2018. By wearing a Blue Shirt, we will raise awareness for bullying prevention! For more information, flyer, and/or to register your school, visit www.stompoutbullying.org. 
    • Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. - The Monique Burr Foundation for Children's Prevention Education Foundation provides free lesson plans on their website for 'October is Bullying Prevention Month.' A lesson is available for K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each includes the Standards that are taught within the lesson. The lessons can be found by going to the Monique Burr Foundation for Children's Prevention Education Foundation's website at www.mbfchildsafetymatters.org/resources/.
    Elementary Schools
    • Bucket Filler - Introducing the 2018-2019 focus book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, for students in grades Pre-K to 5. Several copies have been purchased for schools, along with "bucket filling" themed pencils. This book shows children that daily kindness, appreciation and love affect the well-being of others and ourselves through the analogy of 'bucket filling' and 'bucket dipping.' Activities and resources can be found on the Prevention Programs and Alternative Education Department Web page. Also available, for purchase with school funds, is a book for adults. "How Full is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life" by Tom Rath and Donald Q. Clifton (Educator's Edition available) provides information about and ideas for 'bucket filling' with faculty and staff. To learn more information, click HERE to go to our page on the Bucket Filler initiative.

    • Say Something - Re-introducing the book, Say Something by Peggy Moss. This book can be used with grades K-5. The Prevention Programs and Alternative Education Department is encouraging students and instructors to discover various ways to become an UPstander, instead of a bystander. Students can work in groups to create an alternate ending to the story. Our department has provided additional resources and extension activities.

    • Introduction to the Dynamics of Bullying - PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center website offers Classroom Curriculum and a link to "Kids Against Bullying." This 30-60 minute lesson for elementary-age students provides an overview about what bullying is, the roles students have, and what they can do when in a bullying situation.

    • Starting the Discussion - A week long curriculum for elementary schools provided at PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center website. Five (5) lessons include an overview of bullying as well as what to do in bullying situations as a victim or as a bystander.

    • The Recess Queen - The 2015-2016 focus for elementary students in grades K-5 was centered on the book, The Recess Queen. The Prevention Programs and Alternative Education Department encourages schools to continue this focus. This book and activities was provided for each elementary school by the Prevention Programs and Alternative Education Department and can be used with grades K-5. Our department provided cross-curricular activities to go along with the book. 

    • Molly Lou Melon Events - The 2014-2015 focus for elementary students in grades K-5 was centered on the book, Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon. The Prevention Programs and Alternative Education Department encourages schools to continue this focus. This book and activities was provided for each elementary school by the Prevention Programs and Alternative Education Department and can be used with grades K-5. Our department provided cross-curricular activities to go along with the book. There were also opportunities to compare and contrast the two books (Spookley and Molly Lou Melon) as well as utilize higher grade students as readers/leaders for the younger grade students. 

    • Spookley Events - The 2013-2014 focus for elementary students in grades Pre-K to 2nd grade was centered on the book, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. The Prevention Programs and Alternative Education Department encourages schools to continue this focus. Students in 3rd grade are encouraged to participate in the Spookley Storybook Trail where students can hear the story and be engaged in a bullying prevention discussion as they move through a walking path.

    • Unity Tree - The Unity Tree is a powerful symbol reminding everyone that bullying can be prevented when we all come together - united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Each person contributes their own unique experiences, creative ideas, and strategies by writing positive messages on leaves that are attached to the tree. As the number of leaves increases, it creates a visual reminder, demonstrating that when we are united we can create social change.

    • Project Connect - Students in 4th and 5th grade classes are encouraged to participate in creating bullying prevention chains to make powerful statements against bullying.

    Middle Schools
    • Introduction to the Dynamics of Bullying - PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center website offers Classroom Curriculum and a link to "Teens Against Bullying." This 30-60 minute middle and high school lesson provides the basics about bullying including knowing the law, offering opportunities for discussion, and preparing students for continued bullying education in the classroom.

    • Starting the Discussion - A week long curriculum for middle and high schools provided at PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center website. Five (5) lessons include an overview of bullying as well as who is involved, the impact of bullying, working together with adults and creating a world without bullying.

    • Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light - The 2016-2017 focus was with the book Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, which is a fantasy adventure story about a bullied boy finding a magic arrow that leads him back in time. The book can be used as a cross-curricular project and comes with lesson plans that incorporates Social Studies and the new Florida Standards for English Language Arts.

    • Project Connect - Middle school students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades as well as staff are encouraged to participate in creating bullying prevention chains to make powerful statements against bullying. The chains can then be joined together to unite the entire school community in promoting the District's theme - Together We Can Create a World Without Bullying.

    • Action Plans - Students can create an Action Plan Against Bullying. A sample plan from the PACER's Web Site will be made available to teachers.

    • Words Wound - Words Wound...Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral is a book co-written by Dr. Sameer Hinduja who was a speaker in the 2014 Child Protection Conference hosted by the Shared Services Network with Lake County Schools. The book has been provided for each middle school to incorporate in their Bully-Proofing Your School plans. Dr. Hinduja is an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Hinduja and Dr. Patchin (the other writer of the book) have been exploring the online behaviors of adolescents which include social networking and cyberbullying. The two assistant professors administer a Web site, www.cyberbullying.us, that provides additional resources relating to cyberbullying. A Leaders Guide for the Words Wound book is available to the teachers.

    • Unity Dance - Students are encouraged to learn the Unity Dance provided through PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center and perform the Unity Dance at pep rallies and home games during half time. The Unity Dance can also be incorporated in athletic events throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Suggested "chant" for athletic events can be "We Will, We Will, Stop You! Stop You!"

    • Band-Aid for Bullying - Band-Aids for bullying is a character education project. Students are asked to reflect on a time when they were not nice to someone or when they were a bystander and explain how they would change their actions in the future. Students can fill out a Band-Aid that says, "I'm sorry for saying __________ and next time I will __________." Reproducible poster idea and Band-Aid template will be made available to teachers. 

    • Athletes Standing Against Bullying - Athletic departments at each site are encouraged to choose at least one athletic event in the month of October to encourage athletes, athletic boosters, school bands, fans, and the community to wear orange in support of Bullying Prevention Month. In collaboration with the District's Athletic Director, the Prevention Programs and Alternative Education Department provided to all middle and high schools a banner that reads, "Athletics Standing Against Bullying." The purpose of the banner is to continually promote awareness at all sporting events throughout the year. 

    High Schools
    • Introduction to the Dynamics of Bullying - PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center website offers Classroom Curriculum and a link to "Teens Against Bullying." This 30-60 minute middle and high school lesson provides the basics about bullying including knowing the law, offering opportunities for discussion, and preparing students for continued bullying education in the classroom.

    • Starting the Discussion - A week long curriculum for middle and high schools provided at PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center website. Five (5) lessons include an overview of bullying as well as who is involved, the impact of bullying, working together with adults and creating a world without bullying.

    • Words Wound - Words Wound...Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral is a book co-written by Dr. Sameer Hinduja that has been provided for each high school to incorporate in their Bully-Proofing Your School plans. Dr. Hinduja is an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Hinduja and Dr. Patchin (the other co-writer of the book) have been exploring the online behaviors of adolescents which include social networking and cyberbullying. The two assistant professors administer a Web site, www.cyberbullying.us, that provides additional resources relating to cyberbullying. A Leaders Guide for the Words Wound book is available to the teachers.

    • Unity Dance - Cheerleaders and/or spirit squads are encouraged to learn the Unity Dance provided through PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center and perform the Unity Dance at pep rallies, and home games during half time. The Unity Dance can also be incorporated in athletic events throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Suggested "chant" for athletic events can be "We Will, We Will, Stop You! Stop You!"

    • Athletes Standing Against Bullying - Athletic departments at each site are encouraged to choose at least one athletic event in the month of October to encourage athletes, athletic boosters, school bands, fans, and the community to wear orange in support of Bullying Prevention Month. In collaboration with the District's Athletic Director, the Prevention Programs and Alternative Education Department provided to all middle and high schools a banner that reads, "Athletics Standing Against Bullying." The purpose of the banner is to continually promote awareness atall sporting events throughout the year. 

    Click HERE for a copy of the District Bullying Prevention Month Implementation Plan.
     
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