Program aims to defuse the bully factor

CARLSBAD — Taking an active role in bully prevention and intervention, Poinsettia Elementary School’s PTA launched a weeklong schedule of activities recognizing and promoting Pacer Center’s third annual National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week the week of Oct. 5.
The week, themed “Do The Right Thing,” was comprised of bullying prevention activities and strategies recommended by Pacer Center and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is sponsored by North County Martial Arts in Carlsbad.
“Because national statistics show that bullying begins at the elementary level and then peaks in middle school, we want to not only educate our students on bullying prevention now, but go a step further and paint the picture of what bullying actually is and how to handle it,” Colette Asmussen, Poinsettia’s Bullying Prevention Awareness Week chairperson, said.
Kicking off the week’s events, Rick Jones, owner and master instructor of North County Martial Arts, gave a short address to Poinsettia’s student body and students performed an anti-bullying skit at assemblies. Bullying prevention activities for the week included: a student survey, a bookmark coloring contest, signing of a “Do The Right Thing” pledge/oath, distribution of “bullying myths” fliers, and distribution of rubber “Do The Right Thing” awareness wrist bands.
“Bullying prevention does not stop at the schools,” Jones said. “We are thrilled to sponsor this program at Poinsettia and recognize that we, not only as a martial arts school, but as members of the community, can be an extension of these activities far beyond what students experience at school.”


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