New Program in Michigan Zips Students Lips On Bullying
STOP BULLYING IN MICHIGAN SCHOOLS AND USA:
On Friday we did our first PAWS for Kindness anti-bullying assembly at the Fairview Elementary School in Lansing, Michigan for children in grades K-3rd. The therapy dogs, the games, and the Q and A time was a big hit. Students learned how to defeat bullying by being kind, standing up for themselves and others, standing together instead of being singled out, reporting all bullying, and even how to forgive and help a bully.
One of the highlights of the presentation is when I brought several students up to the front of the assembly and I handed most of the them a puppet. We talked about how the puppets were different, but also how they are alike—just like us. Then I pointed out the little girl on the end, who didn’t have a puppet. I explained that even leaving others out is a form of bullying. Then I asked the group, “What could you do to make sure everyone was accepted in this situation?”
I could see the wheels turning in all the students. Then one of the boy’s face lit up and said quickly, “We could share!” I love how brilliant children are!
So I asked him to ACT OUT what he thought he should do. Everyone watched as he took the puppet off his own hand and gave it to the little girl! Cheers erupted throughout! Imagine if all children started to ACT like this very intelligent boy!
In our school assemblies and workshops, we teach children to P.A.W.S. (Pause to think before they Act Without Speaking). Bullying starts with our inappropriate actions, but it can also stop by taking positive action. And since our actions speak way louder than words and are a universal language that everyone understands, students can be taught to literally zip their lips on bullying.
All the games and student interactions we demonstrate through our program displays diversity, unity, acceptance, and love all people. We illustrate how our words can become hurtful, miscommunicated, and often a form of bullying, but how when we zip our lips, simply stand with others, or report and get help for others, bullying stops.
Lisa Freeman is a Motivational Speaker, Abuse and Bullying Expert, AKC Evaluator, Dog Trainer, and Certified Pet Therapist from Owosso, Michigan. She is the Healing Projects Specialist for the Bully Police USA and shares her own personal stories of how everyone in her family was either bullied or the bully, how they healed, and how they’ve not only survived, but thrived. A huge part of the families healing came through a runaway, abused dog they adopted fourteen years ago. Since then, the Freeman’s have been rescuing people and dogs through their non-profit program that offers education, awareness, prevention, and healing and they have raised over $20,000 for needy and abused people and pets of their local community.
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