Anti-Bullying Initiative Update

Date: January 19, 2011

Guest post by Bill Listanski, Ombudsman operations manager and chair of ESA’s Anti-Bullying Committee

Educational Services of America and its divisions, Ombudsman and Spectrum, are committed to doing all we can to stop bullying, and we are grateful for the support of our students, parents, center staff and members of the communities we serve in our efforts to do so. This post provides an update on our work to date and the projects that we have planned.

During the last couple of months, a companywide committee was established to explore ways we can help end bullying, including conducting learning activities in our schools and centers. Students have an important role in this effort. Forty students in fourteen locations met recently by conference call to share their thoughts and ideas, and to commit their support of the initiatives. In addition, we have added several important staff resource links to our Intranet website.

Our first project of 2011 is to create and sell campaign wristbands that students, staff and others can wear as a daily reminder of our responsibility to stop bullying. A contest will be held for students to submit their ideas for a slogan for the wristband. The student who writes the winning slogan will receive a $50 American Express gift card, and his or her slogan will be imprinted on the bracelets. Contest details and rules will be sent to our centers this week.

The bracelets will be produced for sale in our schools and centers, and 100 percent of the profits will be donated to support a national anti-bullying initiative. The school or center that sells the highest percentage of wristbands based on enrollment will win a pizza party. Once the slogan contest ends, we will send more information about the timeline for receiving and selling the wristbands and collecting money.

From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank our dedicated staff for participating in this initiative and taking a positive stance against bullying.  It is only with their help that we can be sure that “It Gets Better” for all of our students!

~William A. Listanski


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