Schools in six West Virginia counties will be kicking off a anti-bullying campaign Friday and taking a stand against bullying.
The campaign is intended to encourage students to understand that “It Does Matter” what they say and do to others.
Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo and Wayne, in corroboration with the RESA 2 regional service agency, have asked RESA to form a bullying prevention task force to address bullying and school climate issues.
The task force is made up of representatives from each county.
During the Kickoff Day, schools will be engaged in a variety of activities designed to educate students regarding bullying and how to be a positive influence on others.
These activities include, among others, ”Wrinkled Wanda” that will show elementary school students how insults, rude, and disrespectful statements tear down people, and how kind, positive words build self-esteem and a “Memorial Wall” that will allow middle and high school grade students to relate both times they were bullied as well as positive interactions with fellow students.
Once Friday’s activities have concluded, the participating schools will be encouraged to take part in other activities that can be done throughout the year.
RESA 2 is a regional agency formed by the West Virginia Legislature in 1972 to provide technical assistance to low performing schools, computer technology support, integrated professional development training, and a host of other services.