When a student doesn't feel safe at school because of bullying and harassment, it affects everything else happening in that student's life. Taking these issues seriously, student council members at Northview High School are looking to community leaders for words of wisdom and support of BAH (Bullying and Harassment) Week, March 20 - 24.
"I'm really excited about this event. As staff members we are constantly dealing with these tough issues, but this is entirely a student driven effort," Principal Jim Church said. "When the students become involved, that's when change really happens."
Psychologists recommend direct involvement by students in anti-bullying campaigns.
Students are more likely to support a program they have participated in developing school-wide policies and classroom activities for. This is necessary to promote the concept that caring for others is a valued quality, one students can accept and encourage among themselves.
The group believes that students, staff and administration members of the school, along with community members, should stand together against bullying in order to help victims, or witnesses of bullying, feel more comfortable about trying to stop acts of aggression.
"We're inviting area pastors, business leaders and local officials to join us for breakfast and share their ideas with the students on these important issues," Church said.
Guests at the breakfast will be asked to record a 60-second film clip in the Northview TV studio and/or provide written comments about the importance of respect to others at school, in the work place and in our community. Guests can also record a separate message about the importance of good attendance habits and being at work on time. The film clips will be used during the school's NTV morning news channel announcements throughout the BAH Week events.
A maximum of 80 seats are available for the 7:30 a.m. March 15th breakfast in the school's Media Center. Invitation letters were sent out in February, but limited seating is still available for those interested in attending the event. Call Northview High School at 448-2661, ext. 1201, for more information.