United Against Bullying, United in Kindness

United Against Bullying, United in Kindness Contest
Posted on 10/15/2020
Good afternoon, 
I hope that this message finds you well and wrapping up a successful Week 5! My name is Shawn Barnard and I am the new IB Specialist at King's Fork High School. I am writing to you today to share an IB sponsored contest for our middle and high school students that I hope you will see the value in and encourage your students to participate. 

International Baccalaureate strives to have students exude a variety of traits in their academic and personal lives. These traits make up the learner profile and include: caring, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, principled, knowledgeable, inquirers, communicators, reflective, thinkers. 

This month we would like to see all of our students, not just IB students, demonstrate
caring by becoming knowledgeable about the causes and effects of bullying and reflect on those to craft an original piece to share with the families of King’s Fork High School centering around bullying prevention and/or kindness. 

 “National Bullying Prevention Month is an annual designation observed in October. It’s always important to talk about the dangers of bullying and the trauma it can bring to its victims, but this month, use your voice to speak up extra loud. Research shows that bullying often leaves lasting negative effects on those who deal with it. These effects include chronic depression, increased risk of suicidal thoughts, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, poor general health, self-harm, substance abuse, and difficulty establishing trusting, reciprocal friendships and relationships.  By speaking out, spreading kindness, and finding your other roles in bullying prevention, you’re making school settings, workplaces, and other environments safer and happier places. We must send a message that bullying will not be tolerated in our communities, and now is the perfect time to start.”
The month of October is Anti Bullying/Bullying Prevention Month. I am a firm believer that this month can lend itself to great dialog and change. The "United Against Bullying, United in Kindess" Creativity Contest will allow the district to highlight the caring, reflection and knowledgeable attributes of the IB learner profile to encourage students to get creative and push a message of their choice pertaining to (cyber)bullying prevention and/or kindness in three different categories: visual arts, performing arts, written communication. I have attached the flyer detailing everything. Please use this flyer to advertise the contest on your school website and social media platforms as well as to your faculty. It is my hope that they will encourage students to participate and perhaps facilitate a discussion if time permits. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. We look forward to receiving some awesome submissions!

IB Anti-Bullying Contest

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