Sixth graders sign their pledge and decorate the poster that will hang on their wall this year. Clockwise from left, Zach Hall (in green), Sam McClintic, Elizabeth Williams, Abbey Logan, Ellie Angus and Cassidy Pitman.
continued The sixth graders were divided into their home base groups for the small group activities. With their pledges, they listed things they will try to do to or say to prevent “put downs” of others, and they listed ways they might be able to respond to “put downs” when they happen.
The pledges and ideas were turned into posters that will be hung on the walls in home base classrooms all year, said Marcy Weed, a counselor at the high school and middle school and co-advisor of the SADD Club which helps run the program.
“The poster is the ‘what’s next’ part of the day,” she said. “It takes what they’ve learned that day and puts it into an action plan. It is their pact … their promise about what they have decided to do to prevent bullying,” Weed said.
High school students Jen Richardson and Mike Ranalli helped plan and lead the day. Student Nina Elia created a video that was used in the assembly for all sixth graders.
“It introduced bullying and different types of bullying by having sixth graders respond to questions,” Weed said.
Lori Ruhlman is the SCSD public information officer.