The Shaker High School Anti-Bullying Club (A-B-C), SADD Club, and Best Buddies representatives teamed up with the Siena Pals, the college’s anti-bullying club, to host a program for Blue Creek Elementary’s fourth grade students. In addition, the Siena Water Polo team and coach volunteered their time to participate.
The high school and college students led group activities to help students realize the impact bullying can have on individual students. Scenarios like “favoriting” a mean tweet, gossiping about something that was posted on social media, and saying something in a group setting for attention were discussed. It was emphasized how seemingly harmless words can have a lasting effect on the feelings of the victim.
Students also learned diversity through a yarn activity. They formed a circle and each stated something about themselves that other students might not know. After sharing their “fun facts”, other students who shared that same interest or hobby threw a ball of yarn into the circle. By the time the activity was complete, students were able to visualize the web of yarn created in the middle, depicting connections between seemingly different students.
At the end of the program, each student took a pledge to not bully and to be an active bystander. In addition, students wrote their names on a Bison poster and one positive action they will do. The poster is now hung in Shaker High School.