Students unite against bullying
Students unite against bullying
Posted on 10/25/2017
 Henry Sibley Students Picture
 Henry Sibley High School

District 197 schools have been participating in anti-bullying initiatives throughout the month of October for National Bullying Prevention Month. National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign unites communities to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

On October 25, students from around the district took part in PACER’s Unity Day by wearing orange to send a message of support, hope, and unity showing that all are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

In addition to wearing orange, the following schools participated in other bullying prevention activities:

 Unity Day Picture at Friendly Hills
 Friendly Hills Middle School 

Friendly Hills Middle School - Homerooms talked about ways to prevent bullying and how to handle bullying if witnessed. Students also received paper strips on which they wrote ways to unite the school. The paper strips were then put together to create a long paper chain to represent the power of unity. In addition, each homeroom signed a Unity Day pledge where students promised to end bullying.

Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School – School counselor Libby Leining visited classrooms and shared with students what bullying looks like and ways it can be prevented. 

Henry Sibley High School - The Henry Sibley Student Council made frequent announcements in the Sibley Daily Announcements about bullying prevention throughout October as well as made t-shirts to support the cause.

Moreland Arts and Health Science Magnet School - School counselor Steph Casmer visited classrooms to explain what bullying is and how it can be prevented. Students will also participate in a Mix-It-Up lunch where they are encouraged to sit at new tables during lunch to meet new friends.

Other schools in the district have also been taking part in anti-bullying activities. These efforts are just few of the many focused on making District 197 a safe environment for students to learn and grow. 

Picture of Pilot Knob staff and student in orange
 Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School