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Anti-bully campaign at our local jr high. :)

Posted by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 12:39 AM
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Sorry, tried to post the story and it was big. Lol

With all the bullying stories we've seen and heard, here is a story from my local city paper about the jr high my kids will attend and their anti bully campaign. :) I'll have to see if I can find out when the segment will be taped and on the Disney channel. :) I just kinda wanted to post about some kids doing good. :)

Laura, Mom to Lucas 8/31/03 & Isabella 9/19/04 (yes, 12 1/2 mos apart in age LOL)
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by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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Students at Sunset Ridge tell bullies: ‘Not in our school’

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    Sunset Ridge Ambassadors band together to promote an anti-bullying message.

anti  A prefix meaning against, opposite of.

bully  noun. A person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.

At Sunset Ridge Middle School, 24 Anti-Bully Ambassadors are redefining the power kids have when they unite against bullies. The Ambassadors campaign against bullying of any kind in their school, organizing activities throughout the year to promote the anti-bullying message, like flash mobs, a Not in Our School Sticky Note Day, and they have even traveled to elementary schools to share with younger kids.

Now, even the Disney Channel has taken notice.

Sunset Ridges anti-bully campaign is part of a three-year comprehensive character development program, the brainchild of guidance counselor Julie Scherzinger. She explains that the program emphasizes civic responsibilityon being a good person. The first year focused on empathy, this school year focuses on respect, and the third year will be about celebrating diversity.

Scherzinger pulled ideas from several places and has tailored them to her school. She explained the program communicates with kids in the way they communicatemainly through social media and texting.

At the beginning of the year, the program focused on anti-bullying, educating students on the different types of bullying, how to protect yourself, what to do in certain situations, who to tell, etc.

Students signed a banner pledging not to bully others. They got T-shirts with Falcons Against Bullying on the front and the Not in Our School logo on the back (based on the nationwide effort to eradicate prejudice calledNot in Our Town). They also received a plastic wristband with a number to text in and anonymously report any bullying they might see.  Scherzinger said the text line has helped nip bullying in the bud.

The next step was teaching students what teachers and administrators did want to see. Its a necessary evil to teach about the bullying, but we would much rather focus on good behavior, Scherzinger said. The Falcon text line can be also be used to report someone treating others well. To become an Ambassador, students had to be reported doing something good the previous year.

Not only are bullies getting caught, but were using social media to spread good, Scherzinger said. The idea of uniting and treating others with kindness has caught fire. She said that its redefined popular; its cool to stand together.

An example of this can be seen in an incident that happened last September. A girl came to school very upset by a cruel message printed on a sticky note and stuck to her back. Scherzinger told the Ambassadors, and they sent out the message for students to meet before school on a certain day. When 1,000 of the 1,500 Sunset Ridge students arrived, the Ambassadors passed out sticky notes that readNot in Our School. Hundreds of kids wore the notes on their backs to show bullying would not be tolerated.

The success of the program has also gained attention beyond West Jordan and even Utah. The Disney Channel will be visiting the school in the next month to feature them in one of their Making Your Mark on the World segments about kids/teens who are doing something great.

Scherzinger is thrilled with the results of the program, and is happy to share her ideas with others.

We want this to go to every school, she said. Once we can unite our school, we want to unite our town.

by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Thanks for sharing the link I hope that their example will be spread throughout the United States School. We need to show support to positve behavior thank you!!!

by Laura on Apr. 28, 2013 at 9:58 PM
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Ty for posting the article for me!! :)

by Barbara on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Thanks for the information!

My son's junior high has an ambassador program too that includes a strong anti-bullying message. I was pretty impressed by their program too.

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