Being A Bully Is A Choice
Angels & Doves, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded by Kim Harvey and her mom, Joyce. Their goal is to help prevent bullying, bullying injuries and suicides that result from bullying, a mission that tackles a problem that affects a million students nationwide. Shortly after school started this year, Kim Harvey will have reached out to over 14,000 students.
On Friday, September 25th Kim Harvey brought her passion to the students of Hanover, including those at Hanover Central Middle School. “It’s awesome to bring this message into schools,” said Ms. Harvey. “I’m confident that we can go out and fight the battle and really make a difference.”
Ms. Harvey introduced HCMS students to the definition of bullying. “It’s an intentional act of aggression that happens over and over and over again.” She explained how bullying differs from teasing, noting that teasing; “isn’t nice, it isn’t right, but it’s not bullying.” She described how bullying continues for some students year after year and identified four kinds of bullying; physical, verbal, emotional and cyber. Ms. Harvey continued her presentation explaining where bullying most often takes place, its impact on victims and most importantly, telling students that “Being a bully is a choice you make.”
With the help of “The Bull” a.k.a. HCMS teacher Dan Grunewald, students were shown exactly what constitutes bullying and given direction on what to do if they witness or are a victim of repeated bullying. Portions of the presentation were devoted to the delivery methods of cyber bullying. Asking the students en masse about Facebook and their cell phones, she was able to clarify how quickly and easily bullying can occur. With a series of “Did you know questions,” about when photos of others may be taken and who can or cannot have a Facebook account, Harvey’s answers clearly surprised more than a student or two.
Students participated in the presentation by joining Kim Harvey in the middle of the gym to answer questions about the definition of bullying, the four types of bullying and other information presented during the program.
The presentation ended with a description of one resource, ‘The Bull Program’ that is available through Angels & Doves and offers students a pro-active role in preventing bullying by making them walking ‘safe zones,’ where those who are being bullied can go for help. Students left the presentation with a questionnaire to be filled out asking about specifics regarding their own bullying experience. The questionnaires were developed by Harvey to help measure and evaluate what students take away from the program.
“Would you rather be the bully, the bullied, or “The Bull,” as volunteers in The Bull Program are called? For students, it’s a choice and through programs like Angels & Doves HCMS students are given resources to help them make the right choice.
“I really loved the classroom and teaching and I was drug kicking and screaming into administration,” Hiatt says. He credits ‘Project Lead The Way’ (PLTW) with helping direct him toward administration. PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education programs in middle and high schools across the country. “I knew I wanted to find a way to impact more students than I had in the classroom,” said Hiatt.
Moving from the small South Newton school district, where he was Assistant Principal, to take over the reins of the brand new Hanover Central Middle School in 2012 was an exciting challenge. “I have been blessed with a great staff,” says Hiatt. “When I came here as a newbie, there was support all around me.”
His message to students stresses respect as a key element in improving any school’s success. Students should; “Respect themselves first and foremost, respect their fellow students, respect adults and teachers and respect the taxpayers who have made educational opportunities available to them.”
THIS WEEK AT HCMS
Book Fair - all week
The 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams continued their winning ways with victories over Hebron last night.
Today, Tuesday, October 6
5:30 Football at Union Township
5:30 6th grade Volleyball at Rensselaer
Wednesday, October 7
5:00 7th and 8th grade Volleyball GSSC First Round tournament at Lake Station
Thursday, October 8
5:00 6th grade Volleyball at Boone Grove
5:00 7th and 8th grade Volleyball vs South Newton at Home
Saturday, October 10
10:00 6th grade Volleyball GSSC Tournament at River Forest
10:00 7th grade Volleyball GSSC Semis and Finals at Lake Ridge
10:00 8th grade Volleyball GSSC Semis and Finals at Hanover Central Middle School
FALL TENNIS CAMP
Any 3rd through 8th grader interested in playing tennis can join Coach Trista Mantel and the Boys Tennis Team for a fun, week long camp, that will focus on teaching the basics of the game including, how to keep score, proper hitting form and other tennis rules. The camp will take place daily October 12th through 16th from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hanover Central High School tennis courts. The cost is $30 and students will need to provide their own tennis racket. Checks should be made payable to Hanover Central Athletics. To sign up contact Athletic Director Kevin Bachinski (email@example.com) or Coach Mantel (firstname.lastname@example.org)