Friday, October 30, 2015

Anti-Bullying Rally Week

Anna June's school has some terrific programs going on. The school counselor, Mrs. English, has encouraged the whole school to come together during October, Anti-Bullying Month, so that the kids and teachers can have conversations about bullying and how to prevent it.

It's interesting. I don't think we had such things when I was a kid. We pretty much had the Golden Rule and a paddle in the Principal's office.

Anyway, this last week of October was Rally Week, the last week in the Anti-Bullying Campaign. Today is a Teacher Work Day, so each of the 4 days this week there were special dress up themes.

On Monday, the theme was "Be Someone's Hero." The kids were to wear "a superhero t-shirt, cape, etc." Fortunately, Anna June still has the cape that she got at a birthday party as a favor. It has been the gift that keeps on giving.

Tuesday's theme was "Put a Cap on Bullying" and the instructions were "wear a hat today."

I got this picture from her reading teacher's Facebook post. Even though she has many hats, she picked the Brewers one. More on that pumpkin she's holding in a separate post.

Wednesday was "Take a Stand Against Bullying" and the instructions said to "Wear socks that are crazy, unique, unmatched, or create your own." I told her there was no way we were creating our own, so, as we've done before, AJ got up early and made her own sock scarf by safety pinning a bunch of colorful socks together to tie around her neck. She also secured her ponytail in a sock and she had mismatched socks on her feet. I didn't get to take a picture of her, but I asked her to take a self-portrait in the car on the way to school. This is the best one we got.

Thursday was "Teaming Up to Defeat Bullying" and the note said for kids to "wear spirit wear or any organization gear that you work together as a team." AJ did not hesitate when she decided to wear a Brewers shirt.

I don't know if kids dressing up will help them not become bullies, but at least Anna June had fun.


Annie Gallitz said...

What a great campaign for a school to have!!!!!That AJ! I'm telling you, she's like a genius when it comes to the socks thing! She sure does like dressing up!!

Laura Gallitz said...

It was a little stressful for me to have so many out-of-uniform days in a row - I didn't want to send her on hat day with crazy socks, etc. But I had to be up at the school at least once during that week, and we saw so many kids and teachers participating that it was actually really cool.