Chain reaction kicks off during Bullying Prevention Month

Kindness turns the tide of bullying and creates safe, affirming and fair environments.

Positive environments where students are empowered, encouraged and lead turn the tide of aggression, spite and negativity. When adults and students work together to cultivate climates of kindness in schools and community settings they become places of belonging. This was at the heart of Rachel Scott’s desire. Since Rachel’s death in the tragedy at Columbine, her family has inspired and trained millions of students and adults to create a chain reaction with one kind act.

West Branch and Rose City Public Schools as well as Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency schools (Tawas Area, Hale Area, Whitmore Prescott and Oscoda Area) have kicked off a school wide Rachel’s Challenge efforts. Students have signed banners accepting Rachel’s challenge based on her quote, “I have this theory that if one person will go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”

Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. Today, PACER Center expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is the founder of National Bullying Prevention Month, held every October. 2013 marks the eighth anniversary of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month, which unites communities nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities and education.

In addition, schools and communities in northern Michigan and around the country are acknowledging October as Bullying Prevention Month and are taking the opportunity to create positive climates where students are accepted, included and supported

This timely highlight is also an opportunity to learn about Michigan State University Extension’s efforts to promote social and emotional health and bullying prevention. Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments initiative connects communities with research and resources through trainings, workshops and curriculum.

MSU Extension has experts around the state to bring the Be SAFE initiative into all communities wishing to learn about the complex issue of bullying and adopting practical strategies for addressing it. To learn more visit the Be SAFE program page.

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