This past Monday was World Day of Bullying Prevention and while some showed solidarity by wearing blue, a group of Blow Pierce students along with principal Dr. Jeffrey Grant participated in Centene, Cenpatico, Children’s National Health System, and Howard University’s No Bully Zone Program close out event. The No Bullying Zone Program aimed to celebrate the first of a three-year national initiative to prevent bullying among school-aged children. The event took place at the Newseum and featured guests such as: Jeremy Riddle, Vice President Clinical Operations for Cenpatico, Dr. Mary Mason, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for Centene, Dr. Joseph Wright, Howard University and Children’s Hospital, Colleen Duewel, National Director of Education for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Author Michelle Bain, Singer/Songwriter Marcus Canty, and Friendship’s own Dr. Jeffrey Grant, Principal of Friendship Blow Pierce Junior Academy. Some of the activities that students enjoyed included a writing and art panel discussion, a book reading, a musical performance and the unveiling of the Graffiti Wall which traveled to 19 schools across the country. This event however is only one part of a larger awareness campaign during the month of October which is National Bullying Prevention Month. In a press release written by Centene Corporation they state,
“Bullying has reached epidemic proportions in our schools – more than 3.2 million students across America have been impacted by physical, verbal and cyber bullying. As part of its outreach, this national joint initiative, launched during National Anti-bullying Awareness Month in October 2013, has provided education and resources to almost 5,000 students as well as their teachers and parents on how to prevent, identify and appropriately intervene when bullying threatens school-aged children.” (Centene Corporation)
Many organizations such as Stomp Out Bullying and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center also help parents and teachers talk to kids about how to recognize when they or someone else is being bullied, how to step in when they see someone being bullied, and how to become comfortable talking about bullying with adults. They offer stories and plenty of resources for both children and adults and list a host of events happening this month including the opportunity to support Unity Day on October 22nd by wearing orange.
Friendship Blow Pierce, we thank you for taking a stand against bullying!