With great gusto, the Westerly Middle School joined the Coalition’s team of schools using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (we’ve introduced the innovative effort to the Curtis Corner and Broad Rock Middle Schools in South Kingstown).
In mid-October, middle schoolers learned through assemblies, class meetings, and fun activities that nearly half their 890 classmates have been bullied…and that they can take a stand.
“I’m going to start looking for it,” 14-year-old Ryan Holloway told The Westerly Sun. “And if I see someone getting bullied, try and do something to stop it.”
The Coalition plays a key role, from introducing the Olweus method and trainers, to identifying storyteller Marc Levitt, who helped start the day with his “We’re All in This Together”.
Coalition Coordinator Susan Orban reports that 30 Westerly school administrators and teachers have been trained for the new effort. “I’m excited to see them so enthusiastic. They’re committed to creating a positive school culture where bullying doesn’t occur.”
To see The Westerly Sun‘s complete article (referenced above), click here.