Anti-Bullying Week Celebrated in the CCS
Published by Laurie Pender on November 21, 2012
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No Bully ZoneStudents deserve a welcoming school environment that fosters academic, social, and emotional growth without threat of being bullied. Statistics tell us that we have much work to do in this endeavor. To fuel an anti-bullying movement in Cumberland County Schools, a district-wide Anti-Bullying Task Force was formed consisting of administrators, counselors, social workers, safe school coordinators, community leaders, and law enforcement officers.

The Anti-Bullying Task Force kicked off its first annual Anti-Bullying Week with the following initiatives:

A CCS Board of Education Proclamation designating November 12-16, 2012 as Anti-Bullying Week announced to all school students, families, and community stakeholders our lack of tolerance for bullying. This sentiment was strengthened by the generation, distribution, and display of posters to each school that provided potential bullying targets with proven avoidance strategies.

The Anti-Bullying Campaign drilled deeper into the prevention of bullying by engaging all CCS students in an original art competition that depicts their aversion to this epidemic. Three winners (elementary, middle, and high school level) will receive positive recognition by being published in a Kidsville Newspaper edition. Not only will the publication celebrate the insight of the student winners, but it will ignite support from community members who read Kidsville each month.

To ensure sustainability in the Anti-Bullying Campaign, the Anti-Bullying Task Force created an online virtual folder of anti-bullying student learning activities and lesson plans. These resources arm counselors and teachers will effective means of teaching protective and resiliency skills to all students…long after the campaign kickoff.

The Anti-Bullying Task Force received a great response from schools endorsing the Anti-Bullying movement through use of these materials. Community support was loud and clear as well: Cumberland County Schools is a “No Bully Zone!”

By: Robbin MacGregor, Counselor Coordinator

 

        

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