|JOHN CABOTO SCHOOL TO LAUNCH PROGRAM AIMED AT STAMPING OUT BULLYING|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 29, 2003- The students and staff of John Caboto Elementary School (8955 Meunier) in Ahuntsic will launch a pledge sheet campaign Wednesday, October 29 (12:30 p.m.) aimed at stamping out bullying.
According to Principal Keith Imhoff, the campaign has three goals: ensuring that the school is a safe and secure place for its students; that all students are accepted regardless of color, race, gender, popularity, athletic ability, intelligence, religion and nationality; and to raise awareness of, and eliminate, school bullying.
The campaign started last week, as students and staff signed their pledge sheets to do their part to respect others and to stamp out bullying. Wednesday’s official launch will include the presentation of the signed pledge sheets that will reaffirm the school’s thorough commitment towards these important issues that are affecting school life. Parents are also encouraged to sign them, whether it be at this meeting, or when they pick up their children after school.
This is the first time the school is undertaking such a campaign, which is being done in conjunction with the local CLSC as part of a developmental program to raise awareness about student safety, tolerance and bullying. "What we want is to let students know that when they enter John Caboto School, they will feel safe and they will be accepted amongst different groups of students," said Mr. Imhoff.
The CLSC will also have a social worker and a childcare technician come to the school and work with the Grade 5 and 6 students to show them what bullying is and how to counteract in bullying situations. "They will be shown what bullying is all about from the points of view of the bully, the victim and the bystanders who watch it happen," said Mr. Imhoff. "By raising their awareness of it, we want to show that it is never the victim’s fault. We want to take away the strength the bully has and show that this kind of behavior is unacceptable."
Michael J. Cohen