Every October, thousands of schools, organizations, and individuals come together to raise awareness for bullying and cyberbullying prevention. Bullying Preven- tion Awareness month was created by PACER’s (Parent Advocacy Commision for Educational Rights) National Bullying Prevention Center in October 2006.
The campaign has grown from a week-long event to a month-long worldwide effort, with thousands of indi- viduals participating in awareness activities throughout October. More than 1 out of every 5 children report being bullied, which is a large proportion. According to PACER, anti-bullying education has been shown to be very significant. In a recent study of elementary schools, 57% of interventions to bullying done by students stopped bullying within 10 seconds.
Our district, the MMSD, is strongly involved in bully- ing prevention and awareness. In previous years, several MMSD elementary and middle schools have participated in anti-bullying projects such as the Buddy Project. These schools have completed the buddy pledge: “Be a buddy, not a bully”, and have also raised awareness through positive messages and dress up days. Bullying is not tolerated at Memorial, and students should stand up for their peers, and seek help from an adult if they or some- one they know is being bullied. Here are some ways you can show your support for national bullying prevention month:
+ Wear orange on October 25th: October 25th is Unity Day! Show your support for bullying prevention by wearing orange and encouraging your friends to do so too.
+ Participate in one of many Run, Walk, Roll events. At- tend to show your support!
“be a buddy, not a bully.”
Don’t be a bystander to bullying. If you are a witness of bullying, try not to just stand there. Instead, try to stop the bullying, or get help if the situation is unsafe.
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