October 16, 2017
Every October, schools and organizations across the country join the “STOMP Out Bullying” Campaign by observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal is to encourage schools and communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness and impact of bullying on all children of all ages. In honor of this important observance, the Clark Middle School Informers are using the entire month of October to enlighten, enrich, empower and educate the students, teachers, and staff of Clark Middle School about the types, issues, effects, and dangers of bullying.
The Informers' goal is to raise awareness of bullying and bullying prevention in their school. They began the month by wearing blue in recognition of Blue Shirt Day that takes place the first Monday in October. The Informers wore blue shirts and made public announcements to draw attention to bullying issues as well as made themselves available as anti-bullying resources to individual students. They participated in making Monday, October 3rd, the day that bullying prevention was heard around the world! They sent a message to the world that bullying will not be tolerated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 4 out of every 5 students will experience some form of bullying or another, making the efforts of the Clark Middle School Informers all the more relevant. For the majority of the mornings in October, the Informers presents Info-Bytes regarding bullying prevention and awareness. Info-Bytes are short bytes of information the students recite over the public announcement system in concert with the morning announcements. Students and staff are educated on various aspects of preventing bullying and cyberbullying. The Informers also is in the process of making a Stomp Out Bullying video to be shared on the school’s server and broadcasted on the wide screen televisions situated around the school. They prepared and displayed posters on why we should all support the “Stomp Out Bullying” campaign.
The Clark Informers jotted down what they thought bullying was to them. Below are excerpts from students:
Additionally, the Informers wrote short letters to emphasize their points that bullying must not be tolerated. Examples of a “A Letter to a Bully.”
It is not nice when every time I get off the school bus or walk out my classes, I have to be scared because I don’t know what’s going to happen to me. I mean you’re just making my life worse and yours not much better. So just stop and make it easier on both of us.
I don’t know who you are, but you need to stop. You don’t even see that you’re hurting others. It’s not right. It doesn’t make a difference in yourself. Stop showing off and just leave the person alone. If you wanna be treated with respect than start treating others with respect.
You are a bully and I want to help you. If you are going through something just tell me. You don’t have to feel bad. If you think something’s wrong with you, there is not. Everybody is unique in their own way.
Why do you do what you do? It is not helping anyone, nor is it respectful. You make life harder on everyone. You make staff, parents, and students frustrated because they cannot fix or tolerate your behavior. So again, I ask, what is your motive? How do you pick your victims and why? Did they hurt you, or is it that they are happy and you are not? If this is the case, there are people that can help you. In fact, we can help you. Do not be pressured to continue to do rude behavior.
Being rude and hurting people is not nice. Treat others as they would treat you. If you’re have a negative thing to say, keep it to yourself. Violence is never the answer to any problem, and it wouldn’t solve anything - it will just make things worse.
I know you don’t like me, but why do you bully me and call me names? Just because I am different doesn’t mean I’m dumb or stupid. You could pick on anyone, but you pick on me. Why? What did I do to deserve this? It may be something wrong with you, but it doesn’t mean you should take it out on me!!!
The Clark Middle School Informers was first established in October 2013, as a way for students to raise awareness among students and the community about issues of social or cultural importance. The Informers have an innovative and creative approach to education. They take public speaking initiatives to a higher level. The sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students select and execute research on important historical facts, events, holidays, programs and activities that exist in Anchorage and around the nation. After obtaining adequate research, the Informers prepare, and memorize informative speeches to recite to their audiences, students, staff and community members. They reach an inundated amount of people with their provocative and thought-provoking messages. Since verbal communication and listening skills are enhanced considerably, the Informers can take this learning experience with them now and into their future endeavors. Many of them have commented on how presenting speeches have given them greater self-esteem and the ability to stand in front of a group of their peers and adults to educate them on the topic being presented. Their performances are authentic, filled with integrity, passion, and life lessons. The speeches shared, ensure that listeners learn something new and take away a positive and enriching experience/message. The Informers are proud to be leaders in their schools and their communities.
Previous issues or topics addressed by the Clark Middle School Informers include The American Red Cross “Stand Against Racism” Campaign, Veteran’s Day Recognition Ceremony, African American and Women’s History Month Programs, Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Ceremony, Social Emotional Learning, Polio Eradication, and specific school functions such as Men Make a Difference Day, and Principal’s Appreciation Day, and so much more.
The Clark Middle School Informers have been working hard to take on tough issues and build awareness and community at Clark Middle School. They are being a force for positive change and you can hear them loud and clear as they share, “STOMP OUT BULLYING!!!”
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