Elk Island Public School (EIPS) students spent the past week learning about bullying.
 
National Bullying Awareness Week (Nov.18-24) was first launched in 2002 and focuses on boosting awareness among students, staff, parents and community members on the subject.
 
Each day at Fort Christian students had different lessons and activities that revolved around this year's theme 'choose kind'.
 
"I really like the approach from bullying prevention instead of being reactive to bullying. When we take a look at what kids can do to promote kindness, compassion, empathy and safety within our community, that's really a proactive approach to preventing bullying," said counselor Naomi Arzate.
 
A week-long project consisted of each student and staff member writing kind messages on paper and linking them into a kindness chain.
 
By Friday, there were about 400 links to the chain stretching around the school.
 
"Bullies can happen anytime, anywhere," said one of the students, Norah. "(It's important) so it doesn't happen again."
 
She described some of the messages that were on the paper links, such as "If you're being bullied yourself, you should take in the insults and reply with kindness."
 
Other schools approached the topic differently. Pine Street and Brentwood Elementary saw a performance by three-time world champion hoop dancer and motivational speaker, Dallas Arcand. Mundare School had students dress up like their favourite superheroes and bring donations for the food bank. The students also engaged in different kindness acts throughout the day.

 

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