Students at Pearson Sixth Grade Center took to the street last weekend in a Walk to End Bullying. The student-inspired event had a three-fold purpose, according to Principal Dave Orlowsky:
- We hope that students will see that bullying is not acceptable to anyone as they walk publically to make that statement.
- Students will have their voice heard as they walk to end bullying.
- Students will see there is lots of support for those that may be experiencing bullying.
Pearson has a number of other anti-bullying initiatives. In the first quarter of the year, social studies teachers went through an anti-bullying curriculum called “Steps to Respect” with their students, said Orlowsky in an email to Patch. Also, during students’ advisory class period, they discuss messages related to such topics as community, kindness and character, Orlowsky said.
In November, students will participate in Courage Retreat, led by a group called Youth Frontiers. Students will have the opportunity to play games, take part in discussions, and learn about peer pressure, among other topics. Youth Frontiers is an organization dedicated to fostering school environments that are safe and positive, according to information on its website.
Pearson’s Walk to End Bullying took place on Sat., Oct. 27. The event was open only to Pearson staff, students, and families.