Staff and students at Woodland Elementary recently celebrated Unity Day, PACER'S Anti-Bullying Day. In addition to encouraging everyone to wear orange in recognition of anti-bullying, teachers integrated anti-bullying messages into their lessons and students participated in a school wide art project. Students cut out orange handprints and wrote down ideas of how to show kindness and ways to stand up against bullying. These handprints will be displayed to spell out the phrase, “Hand ‘n hand, we SOAR!” SOAR is Woodland’s character-building program, which stands for:

  • Safety
  • Own your actions
  • Act with leadership
  • Resourceful

The day ended with speaker Jake Ross, an 8th grader who shared a little bit about his personal experiences. He is a statewide advocate who lobbied for the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act that was passed in 2014. 

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-Published Oct. 21, 2015

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