Teague Middle School students used a variety of fun programs to promote anti-bullying during Unity Day
Promoting anti-bullying at Teague Middle School is far from a new concept. Teague has helped its students embrace the bully-free message in many ways, and enthusiasm for the cause is recharged every week during a meeting of the popular Upstanders Club. To celebrate the recent countywide observance of Unity Day, however, Teague students put on their thinking caps to develop even more ways to spread kindness and eliminate bullying on campus.
Unity Day was observed by every school in Seminole County, and Teague went all out by having students and staff wear bright orange throughout the day (in honor of the school’s tiger mascot) to support anti-bullying. Students also carved 15 minutes out of class time to write heartfelt letters to others who have been kind to them. The letters were delivered to the do-gooders throughout the day.
At lunchtime, students were encouraged to sit somewhere different or invite someone new over to their table to ensure that no student was sitting alone. Staff members also took part in this initiative and dined with students at lunch.
Throughout the day, students also participated in a R.A.K It Up! Random Acts of Kindness Count by passing wristbands around campus any time they saw a student engage in an act of kindness. If a student received a band, they were encouraged to pay the compliment forward by acknowledging another peer who was caught in the act of kindness. The activity helped students not only recognize good behavior, but also motivated them to find new ways to spread goodwill at school.
Cherlottla Argrett, Teague dean and the organizer of the random acts of kindness activities, says that camaraderie among faculty, staff, and students has absolutely improved, thanks to the school’s recent kindness-promoting events.
“The initiatives have, without a doubt, reduced the amount of bullying infractions,” says Cherlottla. “These events have brought an important awareness to the campus.”
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