METUCHEN — Students at Campbell Elementary School in Metuchen are observing “School Violence Awareness Week” this week (Oct. 21 – 25.) Throughout the week, students are participating in age appropriate lessons focused on this year’s theme, “It’s Cool To Be Kind.”
An emphasis is being placed on getting along with others, showing good sportsmanship, making healthy choices, and resolving conflicts peacefully and without violence in order to promote a healthier, more enjoyable school environment.
Each student signed a pledge vowing “It’s Cool To Be Kind”, which is comprised of various puzzle pieces that come together to form a rainbow. The school wide pledge, which is prominently displayed in one of the hallways, boasts slogans such as ‘We treat each other with respect’, ‘Don’t take things that aren’t yours’, ‘Be yourself’, ‘Hold hands and stick together’, ‘We don’t all have to believe the same things’, ‘We honor different ways of being, acting, and believing, even when we don’t agree with them!’
In addition to signing the school wide pledge, students and faculty are joining together to raise awareness in preventing school violence and bullying by making the following visual statements:
- Monday – Turn Your Back on Violence Day (Wear your shirt backwards)
- Tuesday – Sock It To Violence Day (Wear crazy socks)
- Wednesday – Team Up Against Violence Day (Wear your favorite sport team jersey, shirt, or sweatshirt)
- Thursday – Stomp Out Violence Day (Wear mismatched shoes/sneakers)
- Friday – Raise Your School Spirit Against Violence Day (Wear Metuchen or Campbell School clothing)
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