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School starts bullying prevention right away

Keith Baugh, ELCSD faculty member speaks to students and their families about importance of a united bullying prevention on Sept. 7.

Keith Baugh, ELCSD faculty member speaks to students and their families about importance of a united bullying prevention on Sept. 7. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Faculty members at the Elizabethtown-Lewis school started the school year off with bullying awareness during first week of school.

The school, which follows the OLWEUS Bullying prevention program, are bringing positive character enforcement to the front of students mind’s to begin the school year on a good vibe.

The school held two assemblies for the different age groups on Sept. 6, a meeting for the staff and administration on Sept. 4 and an evening for parents to come and enjoy a BBQ and talk to the educators on Sept. 7

“For the high school students, the assembly was more serious and showed consequences for bullying from both the victims standpoint, the bully and those around the two and how they reacted,” Keith Baugh, Speech therapist at Elizabethtown-Lewis central school, said. “For the elementary students it was more about positive reinforcement, making friends and being nice to each other, starting the school year off right.”

The family event on Sept. 7 Baugh said was to bring the family and community into the mission of eliminating bullying in school and encouraging positive reinforcement.

“There’s a trail and trackable method to giving kids the skills they need to stand up to bullys and the idea is to switch everyone to work together,” Baugh said.

Over the upcoming school year, Baugh said the students, parents, school administrators and the community will be the deciding factor to setting the tone on bullying and positive reinforcement for the students.

Baugh said later in the year, the students will work on projects to send messages to the community about being a good citizen, classmate and friend through community art projects.

Students in grades 1-5 will have a poster contest. The students will create posters with positive messages that will later be posted throughout the community.

Students in grades 6 through 12 will be participating in a video contest to create an original film about bullying prevention

For more information on how the school is working on the OWLEUS bullying prevention program, visit the schools website at www.elcsd.org and under community link click on the OWLEUS program link to learn more about ELCSD’s programs.

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