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Sept. 20 - Glynn County Schools Join ‘Start With Hello’ Campaign

Category: Education/Colleges/Universities

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

September 20, 2018 – In recognition of Suicide and Bullying Prevention Months, which are September and October respectively, the Glynn County School System will join other school districts across the nation in a campaign to end social isolation, bullying and youth violence. Through the Start With Hello campaign – slated for Wednesday, Sept. 26 – district and school leadership will be educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals, said Senetra Haywood, director of student services.

“Our goal is to teach our students the skills they need to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school, youth organizations and community. But beyond the educational setting, we want this campaign to extend into the community and bring awareness to the growing epidemic of social isolation, bullying, violence and depression,” Haywood said.

In conjunction with other intervention programs, Haywood said school counselors and staff are utilizing evidence-based curriculum on bullying to ensure students understand what it looks like, who they can go to if there is an issue, and help them build more supportive relationships with their peers.

“Bullying is a major issue in today’s society, and unfortunately our schools are not immune. With our new initiatives that we have in place, it is our goal to create a positive school climate where all students can achieve their potential,” said Superintendent Dr. Virgil Cole.

Following Start With Hello, the school district will usher in the month of October with its participation in the National Bullying Prevention Month campaign aimed at educating and raising awareness about bullying prevention.  By using creative activities and resources, Haywood said the campaign will offer a myriad of benefits, including information and education about how everyone can help create a bully-free community.

“We want to inspire everyone to unite in kindness, acceptance and inclusion, but also promote open and honest dialogue between educators, parents and students on their roles in addressing and preventing bullying,” Haywood said.

Schools taking part in Unity Day celebrations on Wednesday, Oct. 24 will encourage students and families to sign pledge forms against bullying and wear orange to send a message of support, hope and unity.

“We will wear and share orange to color our community, and visibly show that we believe that no child should ever experience bullying,” Haywood said.


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