Students Prevent Bullying, Lend a Helping Hand

Streams Elementary fourth graders participated in a special assembly Friday.

The fourth grade Olweus bullying program culminated Friday at with a special assembly.

The applied for and received the Olweus bullying grant last year and launched the program for the 2011-12 school year.

The program teaches students the language behind bullying, how to recognize bullying and—most importantly—how to feel empowered to step in and report the incidents to teachers and parents.

"I think it's going wonderfully," said Dr. Claire Miller, principal of Streams.

Each "special" teacher at Streams, including the librarians, Spanish, art, music and gym teachers, organized the assembly activities with a helping hand theme.

The hand represented how students should reach out with a helping hand when someone is being bullied.

The handprints also represented how each person is different and if everyone tries to get to know each other, they are less likely to bully each other.

Here is some of the feedback I got from students:

"I learned that it's (bullying) not very nice. It can hurt people's feelings and that's not good."

"You try to go and help them and tell the bully he wouldn't like it if he were the one getting bullied."

"If someone's being left out you need to include them."

"If someone new comes to school, you should try to be friends with them."

What do you think about Upper St. Clair School District's approach to prevent bullying? Tell us in the comments.

alicia April 01, 2012 at 01:10 PM
This is a great program! I wish more schools had it. I'm a mother of a child who went through bullying where the school wasn't very helpful. My child suffered a great deal from it and now has emotional problems because of it. I believe if you teach the kids while their young to respect everybodys differences that they will be better adults.
Becky Brindle April 01, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Thanks for sharing!
Denise Robinson April 01, 2012 at 03:26 PM
JuliannaSmith April 30, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Bullying has been an experience by almost all people, in one way or another, during their teenage lives. As a Parent, having kids myself, I find myself worrying about their safety from time to time. However, I stumbled upon this blog the other day which tells how a mother overcame a tragedy and found an amazing way to keep her kids safe. Check it out http://www.tsue-thatswhatshesaid.com/2011/08/your-childs-safety-your-piece-of-mind.html
Art B May 08, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Bullying is a phenomenon that effects lots of different kids, including those who are not focused upon at the bottom or top of their class. The love I saw in the eyes of a mom tonight at Kinko's with her USC daughter is palpable and invigorating. Its just a fact, not to be taken for granted but certainly admired. A beautiful mom with her precious child in a ponytail. This program keeps them free of this bullying, able to focus on the opportunities in school so they reach their potential and hopefully fulfill their dreams.


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