We all know bullying is a problem in our society, but a group of first-graders at Westview Elementary are taking a positive approach to the issue and are learning some valuable lessons along the way.
First-grade students from Liz Baker’s class recently published a book (hardbound copies) on bullying and will be having a Book Signing Party Feb. 28 at the school. The event is part of larger school-wide assembly regarding bullying that will take place at the school that morning from 9 to 10 a.m. After the main assembly, the first-grade students will take turns reading their page to parents and then sign each book as a keepsake for each other at approximately 10:15 a.m.
Student Treasures Publishing (studentreasures.com) had contacted Baker regarding publishing a book. She researched the company further and found the process is free to publish a book and thought the experience would be both educational and fun for her students (Additional book copies are available for purchase online for $19.95).
“We talk about bullying in our school and our classrooms are bully-free zones,” said Baker. “There are lots of great books out there that address bullying. The goal of the book was for the students to make it more personal. I asked the students questions like, ‘what would they do if they saw someone being bullied?’ or ‘how would they stand up to a bully?’ They were able to write out their own responses on each page. They also were able to decorate their page. The books turned out better than I could have ever imagined. The students can now say they are published in a book, and they are helping others and raising awareness.”
Westview Elementary School Bullying Assembly Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. main assembly. At approximately 10:15 a.m. Mrs. Baker’s students will go back to the classroom for the Book Signing Party.
Westview Elementary School, 155 Moore Road, Avon Lake, Phone: 440-933-8131, Principal- Nick Moore