Pelham - Windham News October 15, 2010 - 11
Golden Brook School Fights Back Against the Bullies
by Doug Robinson Research shows that more than half of all
children are, at least on occasion, directly involved in bullying as a perpetrator, victim, or both, according to www.education.com
. Bullying affects all of our young children, and bullying is violence. Cyberbullying has taken school bullying out of schools and has now entered the privacy of our children’s homes. Bullying not only affects the individual child—it also has dramatic effects on those who are victimized, those who witness it, and those who participate. Bullying is defined by physical and verbal
harassment towards a child. The bully and victim have specific characteristics, enabling parents to define and distinguish their behaviors, states
. School Districts across America have spent millions of dollars educating our teachers, leaders, and our children’s mentors with ways to combat the bullying problem. In the world of a grown- up, bullying is often referred to as workplace harassment. Those who harass in the workplace often find themselves quickly out of a job, or for more serious offenses, behind bars in a local jail cell.
But the problem of bullying in our schools
has grown so large that our educators have had to find ways and methods to deal with the problem, as those who bully are minors. As early as in primary grades, students are taught about bullying, how to handle a bully, and ways to help
other students who are believed to be bullied. Golden Brook Elementary School in Windham recently held their first, all-school monthly assembly, which focused on bullying and what the school’s policy was regarding bullying. As the children marched into the gymnasium, they respectively took their seats on the floor, sitting side by side, as Eric Graff taught the children what to do, should they be bullied. Reading from an overhead projected slide, Graff stated, “We have four anti-bullying rules. We will not bully others. We will try to help students who are bullied. We will try to include students who are left out. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.”
Eagle Scout Project at Cemetery Completed by Barbara O’Brien
Eagle Scout candidate David Pierson spent a good portion of his summer constructing enclosures for the trash collection barrels at the town cemetery in Windham.
Pierson, 17, met with selectmen early last spring to detail the plans for his community service project, then met with them again on October 4 for an update. Pierson, who is a member of Windham Boy Scout Troop #266, is a senior at Salem High School. Boy Scouts of America regulations
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mandate that the rank of Eagle Scout must be achieved prior to the candidate’s 18th birthday. Becoming an Eagle Scout is the highest rank that a Scout can achieve. Only about two percent of those who enter Boy Scouts ever achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. The Town of Windham, however, has produced far more Eagle Scouts than most communities. Pierson’s project involved raising the money for and constructing
five enclosures for the trash barrels that dotted the Town Cemetery. Prior to his taking on the task, the plastic barrels were cracked and broken, creating an eyesore in an otherwise well-maintained area. The materials to build the wooden enclosures cost approximately $520; money that Pierson garnered through
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donations. New barrels were also generously donated by a local resident, ultimately saving taxpayers a total of $495. Pierson said it took a total of 159 hours to complete the project, 75 hours of which he personally spent working on the enclosures. Wendi Devlin, one of the cemetery supervisors, said, “David did a fabulous job. His work was meticulous from start to finish.” As for coming up with the money to build the enclosures, Devlin also said that Pierson worked extremely hard doing the fundraising. Windham Selectmen unanimously accepted the completion of Pierson’s project with sincere appreciation. Pierson will go before the Eagle Review Board sometime in November. That will be the final step in his being promoted to Eagle Scout.
Windham School District Strategic Planning Committee Formed
submitted by School Administrative Unit 28 The Windham School District announces the formation of a
Strategic Planning Committee. The purpose of this committee is to create a strategic planning document to serve the Windham Community for years to come. This committee includes administration, staff, School Board, parents, and representatives from the community at large. The committee members are: Frank Bass, Superintendent of
Schools; Kori Becht, Principal of Windham Center School; Bruce Breton, Elected Official and Community Member; Dana Call, Town Employee and Parent; John Carpenter, Community Member; Alexis Clemons, Student; Michelle Farrell, School Board Member; Michael Joanis, Parent; Amanda Lecaroz, Assistant Superintendent; Tina McCoy, Director of Student Services; Charlie McMahon, Elected Official and Community Member; Cathy Pappalardo, Teacher Union President, Teacher, and Parent; Lisa Vivinetto, Parent; and Roxanne Wilson, Assistant Superintendent. The committee held their first meeting in late August and has
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since been working on creating draft value statements to identify what the Windham Community values in the areas of student achievement, personal growth, school climate, collaborations and partnerships, and resources for their Windham schools. The focus of the committee at this time will be to seek input from the community to help identify the core values that will direct the development of a vision and mission statement for the strategic plan.
Members of the strategic planning committee will be contacting businesses, town government, pre-schools, service groups, houses of worship, and community members to make them aware of the survey and how they can participate. The survey will be available at the end of October, both online at www.windhamsd.org
and in print throughout the community. The Strategic Planning Committee appreciates your willingness to participate in the survey. Your viewpoint will help identify the direction of education for the children of the Windham School District.
Those who bully are not fair and are more
powerful than their victims because of an advantage of age, size, ability, or social status. They will tease because you are short, overweight, belong to a different race, or have a behavior that is different. Bullies discriminate, and that is illegal.
Victims often feel helpless as they become
angry, upset, sad, and, most often, afraid. Golden Brook School is teaching the children that they do not have to feel helpless, that there are specific ways to deal with a bully, and that by their following their four rules, bullying will be greatly reduced within the walls of Golden Brook.
Windham Woman’s Club Awards Years of Service Certificates to Members
submitted by Windham Woman’s Club At the GFWC Windham Woman’s Club meeting on October 6, membership chairman Sue Violi presented to the following members Length Of Service Certificates: Ruth-Ellen Post, Marie Russo – five years; Barbara McKinnon, Elizabeth McNally – 10 years; Drusilla Calitri, Connie Markoff – 15 years; Patricia Skinner – 35 years. Shown in the photo is Mira Webber – 55 years of service and who is 102! We congratulate the members for their years of dedication, caring, and giving of oneself to the community and our club.
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