Caring Clubs Help Promote Anti-Bullying
2nd grade Caring Club:
This group started out wanting to do a recycling project. They made recycling posters. We talked to the PTSO about teaming up with them to get this project off the ground. We later discovered that this project was much bigger than we could take on so we moved on to some other things and put this on the back burner for now. In March each club member wrote a caring statement and announced them on the morning announcements. This group also picked up trash during their recess time and acted as excellent role models in showing kindness at Indian Lake.
3rd grade Caring Club:
This group started the year by making a Get Well Card for Mrs. Brown, one of our recess supervisors who fell and broke her hip. They also made handmade caring posters and put them up in the hallways. The hallways were full of positive anti-bullying statements for several months. In February this group sold hearts with caring statements written on them. Students could come to their table during lunch and send a caring message to anyone in the school or their family. These messages brought smiles to many people. With the money they raised from the heart sales they purchased bracelets for the club with anti-bullying messages on them. They will be selling some of the extra bracelets at lunch and using the money for anti-bullying items for our school. This group was very energetic and everyone did a fantastic job of attending most of the monthly meetings.
4th and 5th grade Caring Club:
This group although small in numbers they were huge in ideas. They wanted to sponsor an anti-bullying week here at Indian Lake. They wrote up a proposal for the items and cost of this project. They attended a PTSO meeting and asked for their help in financing the project. The PTSO generously donated $200 to this project so this group could do their project. They planned and performed an anti-bullying assembly for the whole school where they learned strategies for dealing with bullies and received a bookmark with what to do if you are bullied. It also encouraged students to “Be a Buddy, not a Bully!” This was the theme for the week. On Monday the Caring Club put on the assembly. On Tuesday they encouraged students to make a pledge to “Be a Buddy, not a Bully” by signing a banner hanging in the lunchroom. On Wednesday the Caring Club encouraged the student body to sit with someone new at lunch and they gave out tattoos with their slogan on them to those who sat with someone new that day. On Thursday and Friday the Club went out at recess and gave out Caring pencils and bookmarks to students who were doing something caring and kind at recess. I think the student body enjoyed the week and received a positive message at the same time.
2nd and 3rd grade group:
This group started the year by making caring announcements everyday in the month of November. Then they planned and posed for photos of caring activities and Ms. Houghton will hang them up in the hallway to encourage students to be kind to each other. They also cut out hundreds of hands and gave them to classroom teachers. The teachers are presently putting names on these hands of students who are being kind to each other. Lastly, this group picked up garbage at recess to keep their playground clean and neat.
3rd and 4th grade group:
This group decorated Caring Club boxes and collected change during the month of November and December. They used the money to purchase anti-bullying items to give out at recess. They purchased pencils, bookmarks and arm bands that said things like; “Caught being good” , “Band Against Bullying” etc. They also prepared and presented an anti-bullying assembly during Tobey Community. During this assembly they showed different ways to stand up against bullying and to be kind to others who may not have anyone to play with. This group really tried to encourage students at Tobey to be kind and caring to each other.
Thank you to these students who chose to make a difference at our school. We are encouraging each other to make our schools a kind and caring place to be!