Anti-Bullying Week and Anti-Bullying Wristbands Coming Soon to a Center Near You!

Date: April 5, 2011

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

I’m happy to tell you that excitement and enthusiasm continue to surround the ESA Anti-Bullying Initiative. This post provides an update on our progress.

Recently, students and staff voted to select the slogan that will be imprinted on our campaign  wristbands. The winning slogan, “Be Cool, Not Cruel,” was submitted independently by Hunter Graef from the Atlantis Academy Coral Springs in Florida and Omar Garcia from the Ombudsman Dekalb Center in Illinois.

We had an incredible response to our pre-order request, with more than 15,000 wristbands now en route to Ombudsman centers and Spectrum Center schools and respective administrative offices. Wristbands will be provided at no cost to students and center staff to create awareness, and the remainder will be sold by students and staff through May 6, 2011 for $1.00 each as a fund-raising component of our comprehensive anti-bullying effort. Educational Services of America will donate all funds raised to a national organization which provides youth crisis and suicide prevention services. We will announce the selected beneficiary of the funds in an upcoming post.

Coinciding with our fund-raising effort, all Ombudsman and Spectrum Center locations will facilitate an Anti-Bullying Week. Each day of the week will have a specific theme and corresponding objectives. Based on the theme and objective of each day, staff will develop project-based learning designed help students:

  • identify bullying and cyberbullying behaviors;
  • learn how to help themselves and others who are being bullied;
  • discourage bullying behavior when they encounter it;
  • contribute to a bully-proof learning environment; and
  • find trusted online resources for additional information.

Lessons conducted during Anti-Bullying Week will be shared on ESA’s Intranet as a peer learning exchange resource for staff. Additionally, ESA is assembling a series of lessons on bullying, which will be available for staff use throughout the year, as we recognize the need to continually emphasize this important subject in order to create a safe, positive and tolerant culture in each of our schools.

We truly appreciate all of the hard work and support of this important initiative. It truly is making a great difference for our schools, centers, and most importantly, for our students.

~William A. Listanski

UPDATE 4/12/2011: We are pleased to announce The Trevor Project as the selected beneficiary of ESA’s fundraising efforts to support this year’s anti-bullying initiative.


About The Trevor Project:
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-schoolworkshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. For more information, visit

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