The students and staff at La Porte City Elementary School joined other schools throughout the nation on October 22 to celebrate Unity Day. October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center designated October 22 as Unity Day, a day for students and staff to unite together in an effort to end bullying in our schools. To demonstrate that commitment, students and staff were asked to wear orange on Unity Day.

In addition to the sea of orange visible throughout the building on Unity Day, the school continues to work on putting and end to bullying through continued education on this important topic.

In guidance classes during October, students participated in bullying prevention lessons. Students in grades K-2 learned about bully behaviors, how bullies make others feel, and how to help those in need and stop bullies.

Students in grades 3-5 extended those concepts by learning about the different types of bullying. They also learned the difference and importance of being an upstander, as opposed to a bystander.

Throughout the building, in classrooms and the hallways, the definition of bullying and bullying behaviors is prominently displayed. We also have four rules posted in each classroom at La Porte City Elementary School:

  1.  We will not bully others.
  2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
  3. We will make it a point to include others who are easily left out.
  4. If we know someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

Bullying: Resources for Families

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

 Three common types of bullyhing include verbal bullying, social bullying and physical bullying.

Here are some tips from Union High School Counselor, Amy Kriz, on how parents and community members can help:

  1.  Talk to children about bullying including any of your own experiences and views.
  2. Listen. Let children tell you what they see and experience around them.

  3. Make sure children know who they can turn to for help whether it’s for themselves or a friend.

  4. Become active in the schools through the parent teacher association or within classroom/school activities.

  5. Stay active in your communication with your child’s teacher(s).

  6. If you work with students through your church or community activities such as youth sport leagues, consider attending a training on bullying prevention.

  7. Check out anti-bullying books from your local library to read together.

  8. Stay aware of our school district’s bullying and harassment policy.

  9. Intervene immediately if you witness bullying.

Want to learn more or see videos on the matter? Two great sites to visit include StopBullying.gov and TheBullyProject.com.