École Parc Élémentaire took part in National Bullying Awareness Week (NBAW).
 
Grades one and two classes completed the wrinkled heart activity.

“We talked about how words can hurt and it puts wrinkles in our heart when we say things that are not very nice to others. The kids talked about some of those kinds of things that happened to them that might not be so positive and make their heart hurt,” said École Parc counsellor, Karen Gay.

Students put their name on a band-aid and placed it on a giant heart, a visual that will help remind them throughout the year that it is important to think about their words and actions.

Types of teasing were also discussed with students and they read the book, 'The Tease Monster', by Julia Cook.

 Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) board chair, Trina Boymook said their key priority is promoting welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning spaces for all students.

“When people feel cared for and respected, they are more apt to reach their full potential, give back to their communities and engage in healthy relationships. National Bullying Awareness Week is one of the ways we help bring attention to the importance of positive and healthy relationships in our schools and communities,” said Boymook.
 
NBAW began in 2002 and is an annual event celebrated in Canada and other parts of the world, to raise awareness within schools and communities about bullying and ways to prevent it.

Activities throughout EIPS included assemblies, morning announcements, presentations on bullying, performances themed around building healthy relationships, lesson plans around conflict resolution, deeds of kindness and more.
 
NBAW went from Nov.20-24.

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