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Lyseth Students To Send “Orange” Anti-bullying Message Oct. 21

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Lyseth Students To Send 'Orange' Anti-bullying Message Oct. 21
Posted on 10/19/2015
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October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Lyseth Elementary School students plan to show their true colors when it comes to combating bullying by wearing orange on Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Unity Day. The students are encouraging everyone in Portland to wear orange too.

Fifth-graders at the school are orchestrating the Unity Day event at Lyseth, said one of the school’s fifth-grade teachers, Debra Fenton.

“All four classrooms have taken on ownership to spread the word,” she said. “The students in grade 5 wanted to take a leadership role in making Unity Day happen. Their ultimate goal is to show the importance of being an ‘upstander,’ and not a bystander. They want to make a difference around a topic that affects both children and adults every day.”

National Bullying Prevention month has grown from a one-week campaign started in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Now, the month-long effort encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement. One of the events is Unity Day, slated this year for Oct. 21, on which anyone who cares about safe and supportive schools and communities is encouraged to wear the color orange.

Fenton said the fifth-graders did a number of things to publicize their important message:

          Students wrote letters, which were sent to all city offices, Portland Public Schools’ Central Office administrators and schools, local businesses, radio and television stations and local newspapers.

          Every student created a poster to spread the word and the posters are on display at Lyseth, area business, local schools, and city offices.

          On Oct. 16, grade 5 students presented Unity Day information to other classrooms at Lyseth, asking everyone to wear orange on Oct. 21 and also asking all classrooms to create an orange paper chain to connect throughout the school to show their support of Unity Day.

          A letter was sent home to all Lyseth families to share the message and ask for everyone’s support in wearing orange on Oct. 21.

          Grade 5 students will be making announcements at school prior to the event.

          On Oct. 21, grade 5 students will go out at the younger students’ recess times (from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) to assist students and provide face painting with a symbol for Unity Day.

Photo Captions:  (top) Portland Mayor Michael Brennan will join Lyseth students in celebrating Unity Day and taking a stand against bullying.
(below, from left) Lyseth Principal Lenore Williams, fifth-grader Jackson Miller and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker send an anti-bullying message.
Lyseth Principal Lenore Williams, fifth-grader Jackson Miller and Superintendent Jeanne Crocker