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Newport Elementary School celebrates National Bullying Prevention Month

Every week during the month of October students at Newport Elementary are building relationships and taking a stand against bullying.

The first week, students raised awareness through art. Students filled sidewalks around the school with kind words written in chalk. The “Kindness in Chalk” initiative is part of a state-wide program combating bullying through meaningful words and positive quotes that speak of peace, hope and acceptance.

“I think the kids are proud to work with each other and decorate the school with positivity. I loved watching them work together and be so excited to spread kindness,” said Tracy Iaria, the organizer of the event.

In the second week of October, the school held a Run/Walk Against Bullying where students ran around the building to raise awareness. Afterward, they took time to play with friends and enjoy snacks of water and cheese, donated by Fuel Up to Play 60.

Two more events will be held this month. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, students will be asked to take a pledge against bullying by signing a poster outside of the principal’s office. The pledge encourages students to “support others who have been hurt or harmed, treat others with kindness, be more accepting of people’s differences and help include those who are left out.” The poster will remain on the wall for the duration of the school year.

On the final Wednesday of the month, students are asked to wear orange in honor of Unity Day.

“I’m proud of our students for working together and creating a more inclusive climate at our school, ensuring every student feels welcome, safe and included,” said Rich Romano, Principal at Newport Elementary.

This is the second year Newport has participated in the program.