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County’s students sharing anti-bullying messages

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PECI’s Grade 11 drama students helped raise awareness of bullying-related issues with collective creation skits presented to County students in Grades 7, 8 and 9 on Tuesday afternoon.

Over the past three weeks, the drama students wrote and rehearsed presentations focusing on cyber-bullying, peer pressure, harassment and peer support to encouraged everybody to  “Stand Up, Speak Out and Stand Together”.

“There was research, and soul-searching about the topics they presented today,” said drama teacher Matt Sheehan. “Bullying extends beyond the school to the workplace and all areas in society affecting all ages. Until all of us decide to do something about it on a daily basis, nothing is going to change.”
At the end of the show, the performers sat on the stage to answer questions from the audience which included students from Queen Elizabeth, Athol, Sophiasburgh and CML Snider public schools.

Throughout the week, PECI students are sharing critical thoughts over the morning announcements and Twitter to create reflection and invoke discussion. Posters featuring positive messages and reflective comments were created to encourage others to think critically about what they are saying to others in an effort to create a positive school culture.

Schools throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board hosted a variety of events, presentations, assemblies and activities to raise awareness of bullying prevention during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week Nov. 18-24.

Athol-South Marysburgh students held an assembly to launch the Bullying Awareness Week theme. The book The Recess Queen was read and the short video called Don’t Laugh at Me was presented.

At CML Snider school, ‘Be Kind to Me Monday’ focused on kindness and empathy. Students created posters to illustrate the importance of being kind to one another. Students and staff were encouraged to wear pink T-shirts on Tuesday to focus on equality and inclusitivity. ‘Me to We’ Wednesday focuses on the power of peers and students. ‘Think About It Thursday’ was designed to focus on respect, kindness, tolerance and empowerment. Students will take an anti-bullying pledge and sign the pledge banner which will hang in the school for the year.

Kente School held an assembly Monday with Nick Foley of Celebrate the Hero. The program celebrates acts big and small that make a positive difference in the lives of others.

At Pinecrest, students were involved in literature-based art activities with a theme of putting a face of bullying. Student also planned a Pink Shirt Day and Grade 8 students have written scripts and filmed student testimonials related to the impacts of bullying on their lives.

Queen Elizabeth Public School students created public service posters and videos about bullying awareness. They will gather Thursday to watch the videos and hear school-wide messages. They will also commit to anti-bullying for all students and staff.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board partnered with local police services, parent and student groups, Loyalist College and several community agencies to plan activities with the slogan for the local campaign “Be Kind to Me.”\

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