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    Staff and students wear orange to show unity against bullying


    Students and their teacher stand in front of the Unity Tree, constructed out of paper leaves with positive messages.LWSD staff and students care about safe and supportive schools and communities. On Unity Day, we wear orange to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion! This year’s Unity Day was Oct. 25. Here are some photos from a few of our schools.

    At Rush Elementary School, all 600+ teachers and students added an orange leaf to the Unity Tree. On each leaf, students and staff wrote an example of how they could either stop a bully, increase the peace, or be a better friend at home, at school and in our community.

    "Reaching for yet!" poster of hands with messages of kindness.Audubon Elementary students also participated in a school-wide art project: “Reaching for yet.” It illustrates the school’s campaign for a growth mindset.

    At Rosa Parks Elementary, teachers lead discussions around bullying in their classrooms. They also wore custom orange T-shirts. Students took the PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center pledge against bullying.

    At Rockwell Elementary, counselor intern Blair Lovatt read the “Weird-Dare-Tough” book series to students throughout the week. The books tell the stories of bullying from three perspectives: the target, the bystander, and the child doing the bullying. Students also wrote a way to be kind on an orange paper chain to display in the school. Some kindergartners and second graders held the school’s Unity Banner with Principal Michael Clark. Each student signed the banner as a commitment to being kind at school.

    At Kamiakin Middle School, students wrote ideas to promote unity on orange paper links to create an orange paper chain. The school also held an assembly.

    Kamiakin Middle School students wearing orange

    "Only One You" rock garden outside Rose Hill ElementaryBefore the week began, the Rose Hill Elementary counselor organized a school-wide project for each student to paint their individuality. There’s now a rock garden at the school entrance full of individual students’ rocks, and a sign stating, “Only One You.”

    On Monday morning, fifth grade students spent the lunch recess with their kindergarten little buddies. The students focused on kindness and played together without any injuries or hurt feelings.

    During an assembly, students learned the three R’s: Recognize, Report, and Refuse bullying. They learned that it’s best to be part of the solution by refusing to let others be bullied.

    "Be a buddy, not a bully" sign at Sandburg ElementaryAt Sandburg Elementary, counselor Tracy Measham asked students to take a pledge against bullying by taking action when they see someone being mean. Students also created an orange paper chain.

    At Thoreau Elementary, students signed a unity pledge and posted orange frogs – their mascot – on the bulletin board.

    Twain Elementary School studentswearing orange on Unity DayMark Twain Elementary School practices a proactive approach to stopping bullying. Students are taught that kindness, connection and problem-solving are the greatest tools for bullying prevention. On October 12, Twain’s third grade team put on a “Kindness” Assembly. During late October and early November, students in grades two through five are receiving “Second Step” Bullying Prevention lessons, which focus on empathy for others, managing emotions, and problem-solving. On Unity Day, Twain students built an orange chain throughout the school’s hallways, representing their connection and plans to recognize, report and refuse bullying.