|
|
|
The Times
  • Fisher students kick-off anti-bullying program

  • Be an upstander, not a bystander.

    That was the message during a morning program at Harry M. Fisher Elementary School that kicked off the school’s anti-bullying program on Thursday.

    • email print
  • Be an upstander, not a bystander.
    That was the message during a morning program at Harry M. Fisher Elementary School that kicked off the school’s anti-bullying program on Thursday.
    The program included skits from the students and guest speaker S-Dot, from 97.9/105.5 Kiss FM.
    S-Dot talked about who could be a bully in a student’s life, including a brother or sister, an acquaintance, a friend, a classmate, a teammate, a neighbor and even adults.
    “Now parents telling you what is right and wrong is not bullying,” he clarified. “But if someone is mean to you, it could be.”
    He also talked about the reasons why someone could be a bully, which includes someone not getting enough attention at home or to achieve a sense of power.
    “Also, they do it to feel better about themselves,” said S-Dot. “A lot of times bullies don’t even like themselves.”
    But, S-Dot said, “they can change.”
    Among the skits the children put on were a movie where a girl acted as someone who was bullied at school throughout the week, including in the hallway, on the playground and in the classroom. Some of it showed students bullying the girl, and others who don’t do anything.
    “Be an upstander. Tell the bully, take a stand, reach out to the victim and tell the adult,” said S-Dot, after another skit where a student was shunned from a lunch table and another student stood-up for her.
    Teachers introduced a purple paper chain to students they will build throughout the year. The chain will represent one act of random kindness that a student or teacher observes.
    “We’re going to be reminding you everyday [about the random acts of kindness],” said Fisher Elementary School Principal Colleen Vetere to the students, many of whom were dressed in purple, the school’s anti-bullying color.
    S-Dot ended the program by having the students join together in a rallying anti-bullying cheer which included “Be safe and fun and bully-free!”
    The school thanked S-Dot for donating his time on Thursday to talk about bullying.
        • »  EVENTS CALENDAR