Feb 28, 2011 10:11 AM by Melanie Yuill
Cheers, applause and singing filled the gymnasium at Emerson Elementary School Friday afternoon as the school kicked off its anti-bullying campaign.
On Friday the students celebrated the start of the Olweus bullying program which focuses on the victims and bystanders of bullying. Students waved signs, wore wristbands reading "be a friend," and bandanas symbolizing banding together against bullies.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau even stopped by to tell the students an anti-bullying story. Then students got a look at a collage they've been working on for weeks. Just like their wristbands it says "be a friend," exactly what Counselor Michael Welch is hoping the students learn from this program.
"They get the tools to prevent bullying from happening to them that if they are a witness they have tools that they can step up with their friends and stop the bullying," Welch said.
Welch says the school raised about $1,600 in donations to support the anti-bullying program.