You are invited to the Art Wise Elementary Art Show at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks March 19-21. There will be artwork on display from every K-5 student in our area. There will also be art activities, live stage performances, face painting, make and take art stations, demonstrating artists and concessions. Free admission – bring the whole family! For more information visit www.artwise4kids.com
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”
Friday, March 2 is Read Across America Day!
NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading with a caring adult on March 2.
THE BEGINNING In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with a big idea. “Let’s create a day to celebrate reading,” the group decided. “We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. We assemble to remember that Character Counts. Why don’t we do something to get kids excited about reading? We’ll call it ‘NEA’s Read Across America’ and celebrate it on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.” And so was born on March 2, 1998, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen.
ABOUT NEA’s READ ACROSS AMERICA The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its thirteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. NEA’s Read Across America Day, NEA’s national reading celebration takes place each year on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE For a list of ideas, activities and events visit www.nea.org/grants/886.htm
Here is a short story I’d like to share with you called “Light On A Snowy Day – A Story for Children” By Artie Knappclose. Thank you Artie for making it available. I would also like to take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and best wishes in the New Year. Thank you for reading my blog!
To download and print the story click on the following link: http://legacy.grandforksherald.com/pdfs/Light%20on%20a%20Snowy%20Day.pdf
It was two days before Christmas and young Maggie Dotson was already being told that her Christmas wish would not be coming true. Paxton she was told, would not be coming back.
A year before that December day an injured baby deer had been abandoned in the woods behind the Dotson’s home. So weak was the little deer, that he hadn’t the strength to run from Maggie’s father when he approached him.
As he carried the little deer towards their home, Maggie rushed outside and greeted her father with great excitement.
“Wow, a deer! What happened to him, Daddy?” asked Maggie.
“Well, I’m not sure how he managed to do it, but he mangled one of his hoofs pretty severely,” Mr. Dotson said.
Maggie leaned in to take a better look. “Poor little reindeer. Can we keep him, Daddy?”
“First of all, he’s a white-tailed deer,” laughed Mr. Dotson. “And no, we can’t keep him. He’s a wild animal, Maggie. I’ll do everything I can and then he’ll have to be set free.”
While gently rubbing the little deer’s nose it licked Maggie’s hand, which made her laugh. Mr. Dotson smiled and just shook his head. He proceeded to carry the little deer to the garage.
After Mr. Dotson carefully placed the little deer on the floor, he asked Maggie to go to the house and get his medical bag. The little deer was in luck. He was being attended to by James Dotson, local Veterinarian.
In what seemed like two seconds to Mr. Dotson, Maggie rushed inside the garage carrying his medical bag, and a handful of lettuce she had grabbed from the refrigerator. Maggie handed her father the bag, and then placed the lettuce by the little deer’s mouth – but he wasn’t interested.
“Why isn’t he hungry, Daddy?”
“Maybe he’s just too scared to eat right now.”
“I know what he needs,” Maggie said. “He needs carrots, because that’s what Santa’s reindeer like to eat.”
“He’ll get plenty of food, alright. Right now he just needs to have his hoof cleaned and bandaged.”
As Mr. Dotson placed a bandage around the little deer’s injured hoof, Maggie became excited as the little deer began to nibble on the lettuce. And then, she pointed out to her father that the little deer had markings above its eyes that looked like the sun. After a quick observation, Mr. Dotson was struck by how much the little deer’s markings did in fact resemble the sun with protruding rays of light.
It was dark outside and the temperature was quite cold. Despite her reluctance to leave the little deer, Maggie’s father convinced her that he would be safe in the garage. Maggie insisted that her father return with carrots and warm blankets for him. He promised he would.
After he turned off the light in the garage, Maggie turned to her father and said, “I’m going to name him Paxton, Daddy.”
“That’s a fine name for a deer, Maggie.”
“You really think so, Daddy?”
“Are you sure Paxton is going to be alright?”
“He’s going to be fine, Maggie. Now let’s get inside where it’s warm.”
Later that night Maggie could barely sleep. She kept getting up to view the garage from the window in her room. Even though she couldn’t see Paxton, looking out at the garage comforted her.
After she awoke the next morning, Maggie rushed down the stairs and was heading for the front door, when her mother asked her where she thought she was going.
“I’m going to go see Paxton, Mommy.”
“Not before you eat your breakfast, young lady.”
To the dissatisfaction of her mother, Maggie wolfed down her breakfast. She had two eggs, scrambled, and a piece of toast. Her glass of orange juice never left the table.
“Where’s Daddy? Is he in the garage with Paxton?”
“Yes, he’s in the garage tending to your little….” Before Mrs. Dotson had finished her sentence, Maggie was out the door.
As Maggie darted into the garage she nearly knocked her father over.
“How’s Paxton, Daddy?”
“He’s doing fine, Maggie.”
“Is his hoof all better now?”
“Well, it’s going to take time to heal. Right now he just needs to work on getting his strength back.”
Paxton was very timid as Maggie approached him.
“Why is he afraid of me, Daddy?”
“He’s still not used to us. This is a strange place to him.”
But with time and persistence, Maggie finally gained the little deer’s trust. In fact, he was soon eating carrots right out of her hand. And when the holidays were over and Maggie was back in school, she never left without feeding Paxton first thing every morning.
Mr. Dotson could see the bond that his daughter felt for the little deer. That scared him, though, because he knew Maggie would never be able to say goodbye. So when his hoof had finally healed, Mr. Dotson came home early one afternoon to set Paxton free.
When Maggie learned that her father had released Paxton, she was devastated. Mr. Dotson had believed it would be easier on Maggie that way, but he was wrong. His daughter never forgot the little deer and she called out to him every day, hoping he would hear her.
In time, though, Maggie did come to understand that deer are not like puppies, or kittens. She understood that wild animals, even little deer, need to be in their natural habitat. But that didn’t change how much Maggie cared for and missed Paxton.
Between the Dotson’s home and acres of woods lay a pond that always froze-solid in the winter months. It was a large pond, and many children would come over to ice-skate on it. But the pond hadn’t frozen over that winter yet, because the weather had been warmer than usual.
As Maggie stood by the pond one afternoon, it started to snow. Mr. Dotson saw Maggie through the kitchen window and could tell she looked upset. Without having to ask what was wrong, he knew.
Mr. Dotson felt guilty about having not been more supportive of his daughter’s belief that she would see Paxton again. And even though he didn’t want to give her false hope, he realized that no longer mattered. Maggie was hurting and he wanted to help.
As Mr. Dotson walked outside to greet his daughter, he carried a pair of binoculars with him. He and Maggie would spend the next couple of hours in the woods, where they searched for deer tracks in the newly fallen snow. But as Mr. Dotson had expected, their search came up empty.
“I’m sorry we didn’t have better luck, Maggie.”
Maggie sadly nodded at her father, who was now carrying her because her toes felt like popsicles. But then something happened! As they were exiting the woods, two deer were standing next to the pond. One of the deer was female, and the other was a buck with antlers. Based on the size of the deer, Maggie never considered that either could be Paxton. But her father quickly reminded her of how much Paxton would have grown over the past year.
As Maggie and her father edged closer to the pond, the doe quickly abandoned her attempt at a drink of water. The buck turned and saw them staring in his direction. But the buck stood still, barely flinching. Maggie, who was no longer being held by her father, watched as he peered through his binoculars. As Mr. Dotson got a closer view of the buck, something stood out through the falling snow; it was the markings above the buck’s eyes. He handed the binoculars to his daughter, and whispered if she recognized anything special about the deer with antlers. Maggie immediately recognized the markings on the buck as Paxton’s. With great excitement, Maggie called out to him, and then the two deer darted away. She continued to call out to Paxton, who briefly stopped in his tracks and looked back at her. After a few moments, he darted off again to catch up with the doe and then disappeared into the woods.
At first, Maggie felt happy, but her happiness soon turned to sadness. She felt as if she had lost Paxton all over again. But her father explained to her the gift she had received in getting to see him once more.
As Maggie stood next to her father, with the snow still falling, a carp jumped making a large splash in the pond. It had been a long day. They went inside to unthaw from the cold.
Many years later when Maggie told this story to her grandchildren, she reminded them that the best Christmas presents often aren’t found under a tree, but in your heart.
About the author: Artie Knapp is the author of many published works for young readers. His children’s book Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand was endorsed by The National Stuttering Association and the American Institute for Stuttering. Artie’s children’s literature has been featured in such publications as The Detroit Free Press, Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine, Lincoln Kids, The Modesto Bee, Kids Turn Central, California Kids, Ft. Wayne Family Magazine and the Cincinnati Enquirer to name a few. He is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and graduated from Ohio University. Artie lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife Priya.
Throughout the year, we get to celebrate, or show how grateful we are, for certain people and things on holidays.
On some holidays, kids get to stay home from school, and parents get the day off work. Those are great days for the whole family to hang out together, celebrating!
On Arbor Day and Earth Day we show our appreciation for the earth and its natural resources. On President’s Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we take time to remember, and show our gratitude for, the great leaders of our country who struggled for our rights and freedoms. On Veteran’s Day we say thanks to the men and women who have fought and died protecting our nation all over the world. On Labor Day we give thanks, and a day of rest to those people who work hard at their jobs all year long. On Mothers Day, Fathers Day and Grandparents Day we show how grateful we are for our loved ones.
As you can see, the list goes on and on. That’s because we all have a lot to be thankful for! We can be thankful for our health, our families, our friends, and much more. But you know what? We don’t have to wait for a holiday like Thanksgiving to say we’re grateful. You can show how grateful you are every day!
A great way to show gratitude is by being polite and saying “thank you” and “you’re welcome.” Being loyal and faithful to your friends and family shows gratitude. Just treating other people, young and old, with respect shows gratitude. Handshakes, hugs and kind words show gratitude, and make other people grateful to you! And you know what’ s the best part? You can spread a little gratitude all year long!
What or who are you grateful for? On a piece of paper make a list of all of the things and/or people you are grateful for.
Information is from the Washington Times NIE and the NIE Institute.
To help kids understand what is happening with flooding in the Minot area, I am posting the following story from a booklet produced by FEMA. The story is titled “The River Rises.” At the bottom of this post is a link to download the entire booklet, which includes information on tornados, blizzards and other natural disasters.
The River Rises
“Is it ever going to stop raining, Grandma?” she asked. It had been raining hard for three days. “This was supposed to be a vacation.”
“I hope it ends soon,” Grandma said. “I don’t know if the Acorn River can take much more.”
Grandma looked worried. Most of the time, the Acorn River was a nice, slow river, lazy as a cat in the sunshine. Now it was full and raging.
“But Grandma,” Robbie said. “we’re pretty far from the river.”
“You’re probably right,” she said. She didn’t want to seem worried in front of the children. “Are you ready for lunch?”
The twins went into the kitchen to help Grandma make tuna and grilled cheese sandwiches.
But still the rain fell, even past dinner.
“The river is approaching flood stage,” he said. “The Army Corps of Engineers is sandbagging along the shore.”
“Oh dear,” said Grandma and she started to rub her hands together, which she did when she was really worried.
“Is that bad?” Julia asked. “What does sandbagging mean?”
“I know,” shouted Robbie. He was always trying to prove he was smarter than his twin. “It means putting sand in bags!”
Julia scowled. “I knew that! But why?”
Robbie started to answer but no words came out of his mouth. Finally, he said, “I don’t know why.”
Both Grandma and Julia laughed because Robbie looked like a funny fish with his mouth opening and closing. When she stopped laughing, Grandma told them the sandbags would be stacked along the river to keep the water from flowing into the town.
“Then we’ll be safe,” said Julia hopefully.
“Probably,” said Grandma. “But we need to be prepared. This area flooded many years ago, when I was a little girl.”
“What should we do?” Julia asked.
Grandma said, “The water can rise very fast in a flash flood. We need to be ready to evacuate, just in case.”
Julia and Robbie looked at each other. This was serious.
“We’ll help,” Julia said. She definitely didn’t want to be swept away. The thought made her shiver.
“Pack a suitcase with things for a few days,” said Grandma.
The twins went into their rooms and packed clothes and shoes. They didn’t forget their toothbrushes.
“Can I bring some toys?” Julia asked.
“By all means,” said Grandma.
Grandma packed a suitcase, too. In addition to clothes, she made sure she had important papers, jewelry and heirlooms like her wedding album and an antique quilt.
Soon they were done. Then Grandma instructed Julia and Robbie to gather flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, canned food and a can opener. Grandma also found the small cook stove in the camping gear, and then she did something funny.
“Grandma!” Julia shouted. “What are you doing?”
She was filling empty plastic soda bottles with water from the tap and putting them in a cooler.
“It’s important that we have a supply of water,” she said. “We don’t know what may happen.”
Their supplies formed a small pile in the living room. Grandma turned on the radio so they could hear important news.
“Now get some sleep,” Grandma said.
Julia and Robbie thought they would have trouble sleeping, but they were so tired from gathering all the disaster supplies that they fell fast asleep. Grandma woke them up at dawn.
“It’s time to go,” Grandma said. “We’re being asked to evacuate.”
Julia and Robbie were scared and excited at the same time.
Grandma put their suitcases and disaster supplies in the car. She had the twins’ dog, Skipper, on a leash and extra food for him. They all got in and Grandma drove out of the driveway. Other families were doing the same thing.
It was still raining.
“I don’t see anything,” said Julia. “Where’s the water?”
“It’s still far away, but it’s spilling over the sandbags,” Grandma said. “But not to worry. We evacuated in time. Sometimes people wait. That’s not smart. Even six inches of water can sweep a car away.”
Grandma had grown up along the river. She knew all about flood safety.
“We’re going to go into the next town,” she said. “There’s a Red Cross shelter there. We’ll stay there for a few days until the water recedes.”
“And Skipper, too?” Julia asked.
“I’ve made arrangements for Skipper,” said Grandma. “He can’t stay at the shelter, but there’s a nice kennel in Porterville where he can stay until we can take him home.”
“But what about the house?” Julia asked. She was almost in tears. “What about your nice house?”
Grandma stopped at a red light.
“Don’t cry, honey,” she said. “I have all the important things with me – you two and Skipper and my heirlooms and papers. I don’t keep important things in the basement because it might flood. And my utility box is upstairs, away from the water.”
“You’re great, Grandma,” said Robbie. “You know everything.”
“I even have flood insurance,” she said, with a smile.
Grandma drove for a while, leaving the river far behind. Then she turned the car into the twin’s favorite diner.
“Anybody ready for breakfast?” she asked.
The twins didn’t have to be asked twice. They could almost taste the pancakes now. And then Julia realized something.
“It stopped raining,” she said. “Finally!”
To download the booklet, click on the following link: http://legacy.grandforksherald.com/pdfs/FEMA%20juliarobbie2.pdf
For more information on the flooding in Minot, visit www.grandforksherald.com
Parents and teachers often talk about helping you stay safe, online and off. They try to teach you to think critically about what you see and hear, and make sure you have the skills you need to succeed in the 21st century. But the truth is that being a good citizen these days requires the same skills it always has: being honest and respectful of others, and treating other people the way you want to be treated.
YOUR LIFE ONLINE
You text, you play games, you share photos and video. You update your status, you post comments, you may spend some time in a virtual world.
Being connected online is how you live your life. And as you spend more andmore of your time there, it can be easy to over-share, embarrass yourself, mess up your computer, and possibly get messages from creepy people. The truth is that there are some risks involved in socializing, playing, and communicating online.
Whether you connect through a computer or your phone, the best tool you have to help avoid risks online is your brain. When you’re ready to post or send a message or a photo, download a file, game or program, or shop for something, stop for a second.
Think about things like:
Do you know and trust who you’re dealing with or what you’re sharing or downloading?
How will you feel if your information ends up somewhere you didn’t intend?
Asking a few key questions first can help you protect yourself, your friends, and your computer. Keep reading to find out about a few things to stop and think about before you click and connect.
QUESTION: I posted a really funny picture today of my best friend and me. But she thinks she looks bad, and now she’s mad because it’s there forever. At least, that’s what her mom said. But that’s totally not right, right? I took it down, so it’s down. Who’s right?
ANSWER: Your friend’s mom is right. Even when you take something down from a webpage or a social networking site, it’s possible that someone else has already downloaded it. And there are ways that some people can find out what a particular page used to look like, even if it has been changed. That’s why posting something really is forever. So it’s important to think twice or three times before posting a photo or a comment. Look at it this way: Things you thought were cute or cool back when you were younger don’t seem so cute or cool to you now. Would you want your friends now to see some crazy family vacation picture of you when you were a kid? Probably not. It’s also not a great idea to post pictures of your friends without their OK. They might not be happy about what you post and it could get them in trouble with their parents, their coach, or someone else. Visit http://www.onguardonline.gov/ for more about socializing online.
Looking for an activity for the kids (or adults) to do while on holiday break? Here is a word search I created with words that relate to winter. Print as many copies as you like. Enjoy!
Click on the link below to download the puzzle: http://legacy.grandforksherald.com/pdfs/Winter%20word%20searchr.pdf
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee are pleased to offer a Teacher Resource Guide for schools. Veterans Day, observed each year on November 11th, offers a chance to thank Americaâ€™s Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
There are nearly 24 million Veterans living among us, in every state and from every walk of life. Many students today are the sons, daughters, cousins, neighbors, or relatives of a Veteran or current service member.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Teacher Resource Guide provides information, activities, and reproducible handouts to assist schools in teaching their students about the history of Veterans Day.
This guide also provides an array of suggestions for schools to organize events to honor and thank the Veterans in their communities. You can download this free guide by clicking on the following link:Â Â http://legacy.grandforksherald.com/pdfs/2010%20VET%20DAY%20TeacherGuide.pdf
The VAâ€™s Teacher Resource Guide includes:
â€¢ Background information on the history of Veterans Day
â€¢ Classroom and community activities for students in grades K-12
â€¢ Suggestions for planning Veterans Day events in your community
â€¢ A timeline of U.S. military engagements
â€¢ A â€œKidâ€™s Packetâ€ with activities for younger students
â€¢ Instruction on civic skills like how to fold the American flag
â€¢ Links to Veterans Service Organizations, including scholarship information
For more educational resources visitÂ Â http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/Â Â Â Â Â
Teachers and parents can also learn about national and local Veterans Day events in their communities.
Join us this Veterans Day in remembering our veterans from all eras, and rewarding our veterans today with the honor they so richly deserve.
Cyberbullying is one of the fastest growing, and most dangerous, kinds of bullying. Cyberbullying is defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones and other electronic devices.
Recent research has shown that cyberbullying leads to negative emotions such as sadness, anger, frustration, embarrassment or fear all of which have been linked to delinquency and violence among students. It is also tied to low self-esteem, thoughts about suicide, school difficulties, substance use, carrying a weapon to school and traditional bullying and victimization.
Statistics show that 15-35 percent of students have been victims of cyberbullying. About 10-20 percent of students admit to cyberbullying others. Girls are just as likely, if not more likely, to be involved in cyberbullying as boys. Most victims of cyberbullying know, or think they know, who the cyberbully is. (From Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying.)
Sometimes we forget that name-calling, teasing and harassing others really hurts, especially when a computer screen or cell phone separates the bully from the victim. It’s just as important for us to help each other and be upstanders online as it is for us to be upstanders at school and at home.
Here Are 5 Things You Can Do Today to Be an Upstander Online
1. Stop untrue or harmful messages from spreading. With blogs, Facebook and forums, it’s easy for a quiet comment or negative inside joke to spread FAST. If someone posts a rumor that is untrue, or shares a message that is hurtful and harmful, stop it before it goes viral. Don’t laugh or pass the message on. Stand up and let the person know it’s wrong.
2. Protect your personal information. The Internet is like a giant neighborhood, and has good and bad parts. Limit any private details you reveal about yourself to friends and family you know and trust. Remember that the Internet is a public forum, and anything you choose to share will become part of your online reputation. Do not share anything that could be used against you.
3. Practice being a role model to younger kids. Being safe online is serious, and we need to teach others who don’t always know what to do especially at a young age. Share your cyberbullying learning experiences with younger students. Mentor those who may not understand the scope of the Internet and convey why it’s essential to be socially responsible online.
4. Tell a friend, teacher or parent when you see cyberbullying behavior. If you see someone share a cruel message or post a harmful photograph, report the message or photograph online (to Facebook administrators, for example). Or at least tell someone you know what’s going on. When you tell an adult, you are helping someone who needs support.
5. Know the rules! Be aware of the DOs and DON’Ts for using cell phones, computers and other electronic devices in school and at home. Talk to teachers or with family members if you are unsure. Always check new sites with a trusted adult before signing up or connecting with others online.
LEARN WITH THE NEWS Research the privacy and security policy of a well-known site you use (Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, etc.). What are the specifications? Do you think they protect users’ privacy enough? What would you add or take away? Summarize your findings and views in the form of an editorial or opinion column for the newspaper. Remember that editorials and opinion columns always support opinions with facts.
October is National Anti-Bullying Month. The information and activities featured today were taken from the Newspapers in Education supplement, “Stand Up To Bullying.” The tab was created to help raise awareness about the harmful effects of bullying and draws from the prevention materials and supports offered by the BullyBust campaign of the National School Climate Center (NSCC).
“The only way to stop bullying is if we all acknowledge that it is hurtful and wrong and vow to stand up for what is right.” Gabriela, 7th Grade Student
October is National Anti-Bullying Month. The information and activities featured today were taken from the Newspapers in Education supplement, “Stand Up To Bullying.” The tab was created to help raise awareness about the harmful effects of bullying and draws from the prevention materials and supports offered by the BullyBust campaign of the National School Climate Center (NSCC). This is part 4.
10 Ways to be an Upstander
1. Help others who are being bullied. Be a friend, even if this person is not yet your friend. Go over to them. Let them know how you think they are feeling. Walk with them. Help them to talk to an adult about what has happened. (Just think for a moment about how great this would be if someone did this for you when you were being picked on or hurt!)
2. Stop untrue or harmful messages from spreading. If someone tells you a rumor that you know is untrue or sends you a message that is hurtful to someone else, stand up and let the person know this is wrong. Think about how you would feel if someone spread an untrue rumor about you. Don’t laugh, send the message on to friends or add to the story. Make it clear that you do not think that kind of behavior is cool or funny.
3. Get friends involved. Let people know that you are an upstander and encourage them to be one, too. Bullies often target people who are alone. You and your friends can help prevent a bad situation by creating a group of support for the person being bullied.
4. Make friends outside of your circle. Eat lunch with someone who is alone. Show support for a person who is upset at school, by asking them what is wrong or bringing them to an adult who can help.
5. Be aware of the bullying policy at your school and keep it in mind when you witness bullying. If there isn’t a policy, get involved or ask teachers or front office staff to speak about how you can reduce bullying.
6. If someone is new at your school, make an effort to introduce them around and make them comfortable. Imagine how you would feel leaving your friends and coming to a new school.
7. Refuse to be a bystander. If you see friends or classmates laughing along with a bully, tell them that they are contributing to the problem. Let them know that by laughing they are also bullying the victim.
8. Respect others’ differences and help others to respect differences. It’s cool for people to be different and that’s what makes all of us unique. Join a diversity club at school to help promote tolerance in your school.
9. Ask your teacher or principal to develop a bullying program or project that will help reduce bullying in school. Ask them to bring together a team of students, parents and teachers to meet as Stand Up Ambassadors to talk about bullying on a regular basis and share stories and support. Talk about the hot spots where bullying most likely occurs (the bus, bathroom, an unmonitored hallway) and what can be done on a school level to make sure students and teachers are on the same page about bullying.
10. Learn more about bullying. For example: Why do kids bully? Where does bullying take place most often in your school? What are the effectsof bullying? Why are people afraid to get involved? Understanding this information will help you if you are bullied and will help you to stand up to bullies if a friend or class-mate is being bullied.
Every day we have the opportunity to make our schools (and our world!) a better place. Putting an end to bullying is everyone’s responsibility. Read the Stand Up Pledge below to see how YOU can help today.
The Stand Up Pledge.
I will always:
Support those around me who are being bullied or victimized.
Tell a friend, teacher or parent when I see someone being bullied.
Ask myself, â€œHow would I want to be treated?
Note where and when bullying occurs (bathroom, playground, online).
Do something when I see someone being bullied be an UPSTANDER.
Understand why bullies bully
Practice being a good role model for my fellow students and share STAND UP to Bullies strategies
Join thousands of students and adults from across the country by pledging your commitment to make a difference in your school and community. Sign the pledge today at: www.bullybust.org!