To provide a safe and orderly academic environment for all students, BCPS has proclaimed Friday, March 1, 2013, as its first countywide Anti-Bullying Day. Initiated by the Superintendent's Student Advisory Board, the day will feature anti-bullying activities in schools across the county and a taped message to students from Superintendent Dallas Dance.
Students at all levels will be asked to sign an anti-bullying pledge to promote awareness of the damaging effects of bullying and the importance of each person being accountable for his/her actions. Middle and high school students who sign the pledge will receive rubber wristbands featuring the slogan #TeamNoBullying. This slogan, submitted by Lansdowne Middle School, was the winner of an anti-bullying slogan competition held among middle and high school student councils and judged by the Superintendent's Student Advisory Board.
Elementary school students will receive kindness cards, reminding them of some of the little things they can do to be kind to others. When they do something nice for someone, they are asked to pass the card along to that person in hopes that he or she will continue spreading kindness.
The Superintendent's Student Advisory Board, which initiated and is coordinating anti-bullying day, is a group that meets monthly with the superintendent to share student views and ideas. The board members for the 2012–2013 school year are Olivia Adams, Pikesville High; Adam Antoszewski, Catonsville High; Brittany Deise, Dulaney High; Breana Echols, Towson High; Ebe Inegbenebor, New Town High; Jeannette Maisano-Brown, Loch Raven High; Destiny Miller, Woodlawn High; Arianne Minyard, Patapsco High; Brady Orem, Franklin High; Connor Porter, Perry Hall High; and Claudia Tonti, Kenwood High.
Featured on this page are public service announcements that were written and performed by the board members to promote the March 1 event. These announcements will also air on BCPS-TV, Comcast Cable Channel 73 and Verizon FiOS Channel 34.