October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Broadalbin-Perth Middle School is making plans to keep anti-bullying messages front and center throughout the month.
An anti-bullying t-shirt design contest is already underway, with entries due Monday, Oct. 2. Students are invited to submit designs that are appropriate for school with short slogans and simple drawings. The school will announce the contest winner on Oct. 3.
Students involved in Youth as Leaders will meet at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5 in room 104 to create a bulletin board with an anti-bullying message in the cafeteria. All students will have the opportunity to express their personal thoughts and feelings about bullying by adding to a graffiti wall that will hang in the cafeteria all month.
Students are also invited to use their creativity to create short, anti-bullying-themed public service announcement (PSA) videos, either individually or in groups. BPMS staff will show videos during the school’s first town meeting of the year on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Teachers and staff members will randomly distribute anti-bullying bracelets to students during lunches as a way to support the cause.
Students, faculty and staff will wear orange on Wednesday, Oct. 25, to celebrate Unity Day. Unity Day is an initiative of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, whose website says: “If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.”
BPMS will celebrate Mix It Up Day on Monday, Oct. 30. The goal of Mix It Up Day is to get students to sit with someone new during lunch and engage their peers in positive interactions. Conversation starters placed on each table will help get the conversation flowing.
Throughout the month, principal Wayne Bell will share informational messages during the morning announcements, courtesy of PACER. B-P Middle School is a registered “Champion Against Bullying” through PACER, which provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students.