An anti-bullying initiative started in 2012 by a Roanoke student has made its way to another local school.
Morgan Dunne, a Roanoke Avenue student, started an anti-bullying movement in her school because she was determined to make a difference in the lives of both bullies and their victims. The anti-bullying group, now known as the PEACEMAKERS, has also been adopted by the fourth graders at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School. as the PEACEMAKERS, has been adopted by the fourth graders at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School.
The group’s message is important: “Speak up, Do not be a bystander, Forgive others, Accept others for their differences, Include others, Seek help if you need it, We can make a difference.”
The students in the PEACEMAKERS at both Roanoke and Phillips meet with Shannon Kutner, at Riverhead Community Awareness Program elementary social worker, and give up some of their recess time to discuss ways to end up bullying and make their schools safe havens for learning. This year, Ms. Kutner reports that she has a record breaking 42 members in PEACEMAKERS at Phillips Avenue Elementary School, with a similar number of members at Roanoke Elementary School, who are divided between the student council and the PEACEMAKERS. record breaking 42 members in PEACEMAKERS at Phillips Avenue Elementary School, with a similar number of members at Roanoke Elementary School, who are divided between the student council and the PEACEMAKERS.
In each of the schools, the PEACEMAKERS begin the school year by reading the book The Juice Box Bully to every class in their school and then they ask the students to help them by signing a promise not to bully and to speak up if someone needs help .
More than just looking for bullying, the PEACEMAKERS also agree to be role models in their classrooms and schools. In January, the students will help organize student and staff participation in “The Great Kindness Challenge” which is a national movement.
Source: release issued by Riverhead Central School District dated Nov. 29, 2016. Press
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