Monday, October 28, 2019
Students thrive when they feel welcomed and included in school, so a number of MPS schools have hosted activities to recognize National Bullying Prevention Month and Unity Day. Celebrated during October, these national events are designed to encourage conversation and action so every child can feel safe and confident in school.
Students at Burdick School look forward to Unity Day each year, when children are encouraged to wear orange and design posters with messages to stop bullying and promote kindness. The school hosts a Unity Walk around the block with students, staff, and family members participating, and older students are paired with younger students as walking buddies. The walk concludes with an assembly on the playground in which school counselors offer suggestions to prevent bullying and spread kindness. Counselors present a kindness award to one student at each grade level from K4 to 5th grade, and then the whole school enjoys a dance to bullying prevention songs. Students are energized by the event and the staff reports that Unity Day is one of the most positive days of the year.
At Maple Tree School, students promote kindness in October and all year round through their Glorious Kindness Academy. Students meet every Monday to brainstorm ideas to spread kindness in school, at home, and in the community. Activities have included picking up trash and doing kind deeds in school, with rewards and shout-outs for students who promote a positive climate. Currently, the Glorious Kindness Academy is raising money for the cost of a bus so students can visit a nursing home and spend time with elderly residents.
MPS congratulates its staff and students who spread kindness every day to enhance learning and a sense of belonging. We are proud of your hard work to make school welcoming for all!