Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — The best way to stop bullying at school is for students to start making friends, according to the organizers of Yellow Ribbon Week at South Davis Junior High.
Jen Coleman and her team of fellow parents spent the second week in September encouraging students to be kind and look for out for each other.
“Captain Kindness” visited one assembly, giving examples of how to deal with teasing, cyber bullying and saracasm.
“It was light-hearted and fun, but it taught some important things,” said Coleman. “The kids really responded.”
At another event during the week, kids participated in “speed friendshipping,” where they lined up and rotated through one-minute get-acquainted visits with each other.
“It was tons of fun,” she said.
Students were involved in service projects and signed a pledge committing to respect others’ differences, treat all with kindness, speak out against bullying and be the change they hope to see in the world.
The club that students join by signing the pledge is an “all day club,” said Coleman, meaning those kindnesses should never end.
Every school has a certain element of bullying, said Jeffrey Jorgensen, school prinipal.
“I think we’re a friendly school overall but we can always work at it,” he said. “The PTA is working to put an end to bullying through friendship all week long – and all year long.”
Throughout the year, the PTA will carry out a “drop in the bucket” campaign encouraging students to write letters of kindness and support to each other, which will be delivered as a way to fill each other’s buckets, or meet needs of encouragement and acceptance.
“There are a whole bunch of things we’re doing,“ said Coleman. “We want kids to be true leaders and to be kind to everyone. We want them to make a difference in a positive way.”