Take a Stand, Lend a Hand,
Stop Bullying Assembly
On Thursday, November 22, Holyoke Elementary School participated in the Take a Stand, Lend a Hand, Stop Bullying assembly at Holyoke High School. Special guests for the assembly were Northeastern Junior College Men’s Basketball Coach, Mr. Trenkel and four (4) of the Northeastern Junior College Men’s Basketball players.
The students of Holyoke Elementary have been working on learning to stand up to bullies since the beginning of October. During weekly counseling lessons, students learned what it takes to be a good friend, skills to stand up to bullies, and how to report bullies. The students are able to define what bullying is and the different people invovled in a bullying situation.
Each class had the opportunity to be on stage and show what they have learned. The Kindergartners and 1st graders sang the “Stand Up to Bullying” song to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”. They know how to stand up, avoid, walk away from, ignore, and tell bullies to stop. The 2nd grade class talked about the difference between tattling and reporting. The 3rd and 4th grade students talked about the bully triangle. They discussed what a bully does, the effect a bully has on a victim and how we want to be upstanders instead of bystanders. The 5th and 6th graders watched a video and then discussed what the song “Too Late to Apologize” meant to them. They turned to look at the rest of the elementary students in the auditorium as Mrs. Jones explained that they are the role models for the rest of the school and need to set the example of standing up to bullies.
Mrs. Jones then introduced Mr. Trenkel who spoke to the students about the importance of being nice to each other. He encouraged the students to talk nice to each other and to be thankful for good parents. Coach Trenkel then introduced his four (4) basketball players. The four players were greeted with cheers from the elementary students. Two of the players spoke to the students. One player stated that he had never experienced bullying but was always there to stand up to bullies and help other students out. The second player explained that he had missed 16 days of school in a row due to being bullied. His wish was for no one to ever feel that bad about themselves. The NJC players and coach then held a raffle for tickets to an upcoming NJC basketball game.
The afternoon ended with Mrs. Jones leading all in the auditorium to a “Stand Up to Bullying” pledge. Students then signed two (2) banners promising to Stand up to Bullying. Kindergarten – 2nd grade students received a pencil and back pack tag and 3rd – 6th grade students received a pencil and braclet reminding them of the pledge they all took.