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Unity Day 2016

Unity Day 2016

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 25 October, 2016
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Wednesday, October 19 was Unity Day. On Unity Day students, staff, and community members all across the country stand together against bullying by wearing the color orange, sending a message of support, hope, and unity that we are together in kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Pictured are students at Sunset Elementary dressed in orange to show their support on Unity Day 2016.

Also in the Issaquah School District, Grand Ridge elementary is taking a prosocial approach to address bullying this year through the use of a social emotional learning curriculum called Second Step. The goal of Second Step is to proactively teach positive social, emotional and behavior skills through classroom-based lessons taught by teachers on self-management, self-awareness, relationship skills, social awareness, and responsible decision making. Research has shown that children who have developed social and emotional skills are better able to demonstrate empathy, manage strong emotions, solve interpersonal problems, make friends, get along well with others, persist at tasks, and follow directions. The Second Step curriculum is one way that we are building these skills in our students. In addition to classroom lessons, on October 24, students at Grand Ridge Elementary will participate in a school-wide assembly presented by Taproot Theater with the goal of educating students on recognizing, refusing and reporting bullying and how to be a positive bystander. With these efforts, we hope to create awareness, empathy, and skill building to foster a culture of kindness at our school.