Power of One Presentation

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Bullying is when someone purposely and repeatedly hurts, humiliates, or isolates someone else.

Being teased, intimidated, emotionally or physically hurt, and bullied in school and in the community is an issue that can have a significant impact on our children. Being bullied can impede a child’s academic and social success while tarnishing their self-esteem and the quality of their life. Bullying is best addressed and resolved when a strong, trusting, and caring school - parent - guardian - community partnership exist. Every school and community will be more supportive and nurturing to students when they understand and acknowledge issues of bullying and harassment. Children will be more successful and happier when they feel empowered by learning strategies to cope with any form of harassment they may face.

Today, Pine Hill students were taught about what they can do to stop bullying and the many ways they can deal with being teased and harassed. Funded by your contributions to CSA, the Pine Hill Enrichment program featured “The Power of One,” a series of skits that explained what bullying is, what can be done about it, and how every child has the power to report bullying when they see it. This action-packed hour alerted your child to the things they should know about bullying:

  • Roles in bullying (bully, target and bystander).
  • Examples of different types of bullying (physical, verbal, exclusion and cyberbullying).
  • The idea that ‘targets’ of bullies need help and intervention.
  • Ways to encourage students not to be bystanders.
  • Ways to empower students and make the schools and communities a safer environment by providing all students with strategies to deal with teasing, harassment, and bullying behaviors.

The children were encouraged to take the Power of One anti-bullying oath:

”I will not bully others. I will not stand by while others are bullied. I will report bullying whenever I see it. Because I have the Power of One.”

Posters that capture images from the presentation and the Power of One Oath have been made available to each classroom; and every Pine Hill student has been encouraged to sign the school-wide pledge poster. Please ask your child about this important presentation.