Friday, February 3, 2012

TBS Blacks Out Bullying

Last Wednesday, all I saw was black on T-shirts and sweaters, socks and slacks. Children attending our learning programs on Wednesday, January 26 donned black clothing as a symbol of their dedication to "black out bullying." This statewide initiative was a part of "No Name Calling Day."

"No Name Calling Day" was created in following up to a 2010 anti-bullying law. The state law was prompted by the death of Phoebe Prince, a South Hadley student who, law enforcement believe, took her own life as a result of bullying.

In our Elementary Learning program, our day began with an introduction to a variety of our sacred texts that help us understand how we should treat others.

Many classes focused their entire day of study on making people feel kindness and welcome in our community. Mrs. Kappel's 2nd grade student's were so inspired by the day that they made signs for the school, to remind their peers to always be kind to one another.

We  closed our day together in community tefilah (prayer) with an emphasis on peace for everyone in our world.

It is a priority of our school community to ensure that everyone knows that they are welcome and to treat each other with kindness and respect. Together, we can ensure that bullying is never welcome in our community.

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