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Lake Middle School students take "The Pledge"

Lake Middle School celebrated “Unity Day” on Oct. 10. “Unity Day,” organized every year by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, is in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. Students were asked to wear orange and watched a video. (Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith)

It takes a lot of courage to stand up to bullying, but Lake Middle School students have pledged to do just that.

LMS recognized “Unity Day,” a day where schools across the country come together to stand up against bullying.

“Unity Day” is organized every year by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

This year’s message is “The End of Bullying Begins with Me.”

Last Wednesday students and staff unified together to combat bullying by wearing orange.

Additionally, students participated in a school assembly where they watched a video.

“It’s one of the highlights of my educational career,” LMS assistant principal Eric VanScoy. “It’s amazing to see the students and staff working so closely together to build the community.”

Woodbury Middle School also recognized “Unity Day.”

’The Pledge’

As part of “Unity Day” LMS showed students the Camfel Productions film “The Pledge.”

According to the Camfel Productions website, “The Pledge” aims to “motivate students to make a positive difference in the world around them with their words, actions, and attitudes.”

The video featured several real-world stories relating to bullying.

Each story challenged students to “pledge” various efforts, including how they treat others, helping students in need and to stop bullying.

“Every year we think it’s really important to talk about kindness,” VanScoy said. “What the pledge did, it talked about how even when people aren’t being kind to you, you can be kind to others.”

Following the video, students and staff discussed “The Pledge” in their classrooms.

“Sometimes people don’t know what to do when negative things are happening; it’s easy to slip into negative behavior,” VanScoy said, “But when you teach the strategies for positive behavior you encourage a positive school environment.”

Principal Molly Roeske said, in an e-mail to parents, that “Unity Day” was an exceptional day.

“It was one of those days that we wished everyone within our school community could be standing in our hallways, classrooms, lunchroom and gymnasiums where we stood and viewed how amazing, creative, fun and kind students were,” she said. “We know our work to be ‘unified’ will continue through the year ahead.”

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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