Today’s guest blogger is Andrea Jacome, corps member on the Credit Suisse Team serving at P.S. 96.
“I Pledge to Play Nice,” was what the scholars at P.S. 96 promised to uphold on October 24, 2013. The City Year team at P.S. 96 hosted an anti-bullying event for all elementary school students in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month. City Year Corps Members went into classrooms to read books to our scholars, followed up by a series of discussion questions to check for comprehension.
Our youngest students read “Llama Llama and the Bully Goat,” and worked on recognizing the difference between the “put downs” and “put ups” in the story. They were asked to identify what to do if they find themselves in a position like Llama Llama, where they are being bullied. As a follow-up activity, students were asked to draw what it means to be a good friend.
The activities for older students were focused around the concept of being an “upstander,” or a person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive. Students created action plans, sharing what they can do as upstanders to stop bullying at PS 96. Ms. Howe’s 4th grader, Elian Reyes, had a very detailed action plan for how he would stop bulling. He would start by identifying the person being mean and the person being bullied, making sure the teacher is involved, actively speaking up and standing up for what’s right and finally giving out hugs to make those being bullied happy.
Each class concluded the City Year ran event by signing a pledge to play nice. For more information about National Bulling Prevention Month and ideas for activities to do to stop bulling in your school please visit – Pacer.org