Minetto students unite against bullyingA wave of orange sailed along the upstairs hallway at Minetto Elementary School as part of a unity chain celebration, which commemorated October as Bullying Prevention Month.
Held on Oct. 24, Minetto students lined up outside classrooms, where they took their own orange strips of paper with anti-bullying messages and linked them together to create one large symbol of strength, togetherness and kindness. Several students also wrote messages of how they are unique. Students and staff members alike were also dressed from head to toe in orange, a color which represented solidarity.
Alexandra Kesselring, school counselor, coordinated the event to promote inclusion, something engrained in each school day at Minetto Elementary. Second-grader Austin Avalos wrote that a student could play with another child who was alone. Suggestions, across grade levels, included: make new friends, be kind, play with everyone, sit with different people at lunch and tell an adult when someone is being bullied, among others.
The linked chain is now displayed in the school cafeteria as a reminder for all Minetto students to remain united throughout the 2018-2019 school year.
Minetto Elementary fourth-graders, from left: Kyndra Johnson, Alison Paura,
Aidan DeSantis and Nicholas Campbell, display a small portion of a lengthy paper
chain which signified an act of kindness from each student in the school.