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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sticks & Stones: No Name-Calling Week Jan.24-28, 2011

No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-goin dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.

Personally, I think it is a great idea to focus on bullying in schools for a week, however, I hope it will evolve into a "No Name-Calling Age". Luckily, I have yet to experience this with my two young children. We will be reading Chrysanthemum and Blubber at home to reinforce what we've taught them about being kind to others.

No Name-Calling Week Creative Expression Contest: 

The Creative Expression Contest is an opportunity for students to submit essays, poetry, music, original artwork, or other pieces that convey their experiences and feelings about name-calling, and their ideas for putting a stop to verbal bullying in their schools and communities. This year, we have added a new High School category to the contest for short-film submissions that focus on anti-LGBT name-calling and bullying in school. The goal is to have students working on their art pieces during the week as a way to learn about and deal with name-calling and bullying. Click HERE for more guidelines for the contest.

Children's Books for No Name-Calling Week:

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Blubber by Judy Blume

he Misfits by Jane Howe

The Bully, the Bullied & the Bystander: From Preschool to High School--How Parents & Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence
Note: We watched the American Girl movie, Chrissa Stands Strong, in which the main character and another were severely bullied by a clique of mean girls. There is also a book by that title.
For books for Teens, Parents and Educators to read for No Name-Calling Week, as well as information about a Kit for your school, click HERE.

1 comment:

  1. we are a fan of Kevin Henke's books...and Chrysanthemum is def a fave!

    "No Name Calling week" is a great idea, but I'm with you and hope it last a lifetime. :)