YWCA, Pottstown Students Work To Stop Bullying

YWCA officials partnered with students to work on violence prevention efforts in the school district and community.


From Pottstown School District Director of Community Relations John J. Armato:

Pottstown students recently participated in the annual YWCA Tri-County Area “Week Without Violence” activities. 

The campaign is an international initiative organized by YWCAs in more than 30 countries worldwide. 

During the week, the partnered with area school districts to engage students in meaningful violence prevention efforts in their schools and communities.  

This year’s theme for the poster and essay contest was “Take A Stand, Lend A Hand, Stop The Bullying.”  The contest was open to students from all area school districts.

Rupert Elementary student Alexandria Olvera was selected as the first place winner of the elementary poster contest. 

Placing second was Rupert Elementary student Megan Weller. 

Pottstown High School students made a clean sweep of the essay contest by capturing first through third place. 

Placing first was Savanna Kerner, second place went to Samantha Retner and third place honors were earned by Jasmine Forbes.

The winners presented their projects at the YWCA Tri-County Area Board of Directors meeting and received a certificate of achievement and gift certificates.  Parents, family, and school personnel were in attendance for the award ceremony.

The YWCA Tri-County Area has been involved with the National Week Without Violence Campaign since its beginning. 

The Racial Justice Committee has conducted the poster and essay contest in schools since 2005. 

The support and involvement of schools, community, organizations, politicians, law enforcement agencies, faith groups and individuals are at the heart of this effort.

Mike Weakley January 10, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Bullying is a serious problem affecting millions of children every year. It can interfere with their social and emotional development, as well as their school performance. 19,000 children attempt to commit suicide every year as a direct result of being bullied. To help combat this, I have put together a bully prevention show for elementary schools & libraries called "The STOP Bullying Show". Based out of Orlando, Florida, the show raises the awareness of bullying in a fun & engaging way; while teaching kids what they can do to put a stop to it. Highlights of the show can be seen here... http://youtu.be/2qAvD01RD9E http://www.StopBullyingShow.com


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