Red Ribbon Week is traditionally an educational week filled with anti-drug education, but at Sulphur Springs Elementary School, counselor Carey Lobin has taken the instruction a step further by adding a no-bully campaign and educational lessons.
“We always do an anti-bullying lesson here, but this week we have been taking each class into the library for an anti-bullying video,” said Lobin. “We want the students to recognize when they are being bullied, how to stand up for themselves and when to come to an adult.”
For the fourth graders, the short video during their library time was of other students who had been bullied and how it made them feel. After the video was over, Lobin asked the children how the students in the film felt.
“We want our students to understand empathy and how bullying hurts people. If we can get our students at a young age to understand what they do can affect other people, they will continue with those values as they get older,” she explained.
To conclude the drug -free and anti-bullying awareness campaigns for Red Ribbon Week, SSES held a Cat Rally Friday morning. DARE Deputy, Kelly Wiser, and Sulphur Springs Police Department K-9 officer Brian Shurtleff started off the rally emphasizing the importance of putting a stop to bullying in schools.
As the third and fourth grade classes filled the gym Friday morning dressed in superhero costumes in support of Red Ribbon Week, Wiser and Shurtleff were introduced to the audience.
“Who wants to learn about some very interesting things today?” asked SSES police officer, Dana Self. “I want everyone to listen and pay attention to the important things the people say today.”
Wiser reinforced what Lobin had been teaching the children all week by asking them bullying questions.
“Has anyone been bullied or been made fun of in school by your classmates?” asked Wiser.
Several students raised their hands and Wiser instructed them how to stand up for themselves or to tell an adult if they are too uncomfortable about what is happening. After Wiser finished, Shurtleff finished the educational portion of the Cat Rally by talking about how important it is to stay away from drugs. He also showed the students some of his SWAT gear and introduced the students to his dog, Ice. Shurtleff brought the dog into the gym with one of his toys. The cat rally ended with an award ceremony for students who behaved well in class and showed they understood Red Ribbon Week.