October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time when
communities unite to raise awareness of bullying prevention.

Bullying is physical, verbal or emotional harm or intimidation
intentionally directed at a person or group of people.
Unfortunately, statistics show one in every four students
experience bullying and nearly all students will witness bullying
during their years in school.

As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, students and staff
at Liberty Central School District observed Unity Day, an annual
event sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, on
Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Unity Day is an effort that began in 2006 and is coordinated by
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, a nonprofit
organization that provides innovative resources for students,
parents, and educators to build awareness that bullying is a
serious community issue that impacts students’ education, physical
and emotional health, and safety.

This day was just one of many ways Liberty Central School District
displays its dedication to building empathy, eliminating bullying
and igniting a movement of positive change within the school, said
Middle School Principal Richard Schacher.

Parents, businesses and residents joined students and staff by
donning orange shirts — the color of Unity Day — and participated
in a range of activities around bullying prevention, such as
singing songs, reading poems, signing anti-bullying pledges and
decorating the halls with messages of kindness and compliments.

Additionally, students and teachers wrote messages on paper chains
about how to make their schools safer, more welcoming and
supportive environments. Students read books that focused on
themes like unity, diversity, inclusion, positive behavior and
being an “upstander” rather than a bystander.

School leaders say the idea is that by wearing similar articles of
clothing, all members of the Liberty community can unite as one
force to promote positive social interaction.

“We’re so thankful for the local organizations and businesses that
helped support our cause,” said Mr. Schacher.

Liberty places an important yearlong focus on anti-bullying,
because it creates a habit of behavior for them on how to treat
people, he said.

Liberty Central School District is committed to providing a
positive school environment where all students feel safe and can
focus on learning.

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