In an effort to combat bullying, High Mount School District 116 recently kicked off a new anti-bullying program developed by me, the school social worker.
Superintendent Mark Halwachs noted the key to any effective anti-bullying program is based on the Community in Schools model. He welcomes parents, the community, as well as community leaders to join High Mount's efforts to develop this schoolwide program into a community-based initiative.
Sen. James Clayborne spoke with students during High Mount's Anti-Bully Character assembly. He emphasized the importance of making a difference in someone's life by standing up and speaking up, assuring students that when they support others, they have also changed their own life for the better.
He encouraged students to remain true to themselves in discovering their individual attributes. He expressed to students his understanding of how peers are greatly influenced by what their friends think, but challenged students to set goals for personal growth and remain a leader in doing what's right for others.
In addition, I educated students on the importance of befriending isolated peers. Our anti-bullying program is a peer-guided program that focuses on empowering students. Students learn tools for stomping out bullying and they are educated on positive and negative impacts of the bystander. High Mount School gives a very special thanks to local Belleville organizations and private donors for their support in funding this school-wide anti-bullying program.
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