Signed and Sealed

The No Bully Pledge
Posted on 11/26/2018
Image of Buchtel CLC No Bully Pledge(Maria Lindsay for Akron.com/West Side Leader)

Seventh- and eighth-graders at Akron Public Schools’ (APS) Buchtel Community Learning Center gathered to sign the No Bully Pledge Nov. 14.

The students had previously created a booklet about bullying and ways to foster a better environment in school, according to school officials.

Shown below, from left, are seventh-graders Deianna Williams and Neiya Henderson signing the pledge cards, which are also shown below.

Image of Buchtel CLC No Bully Pledge
 Image of Buchtel CLC No Bully Pledge
Shown below, from left, are seventh-grader Cayden Kaiser; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Class instructor Teddy Nantambi Mwonyonyi; seventh-grader Jayla Hall; and eighth-graders Candace West, Bria Lucas and NyAire McCormick. The students wrote the pledge.

Image of Buchtel CLC No Bully Pledge

APS Climate Coordinator Andrew Ziccardi explained the effort was the service project for the class.

“This group of students choose to focus on how people treat each other in school,” he said. “They looked at what they see happening, how they can help and how to be kind to each other. They talked about bad words slung at students and wrote them on paper, then crumpled them up and threw them out. They then wrote out some good words to replace them. The pledge is a form of accountability and commitment to those efforts. This was a great thing because students have more power to change other students’ behaviors than when teachers tell them to do something.”
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