A group of five public relations students at the University of Minnesota participating in the 2013 Bateman Case Study Competition have helped Maple Grove Junior High launch an all-new anti-bullying campaign, “Together, For Good.” The campaign was started to help raise awareness about bullying, provide resources to parents and promote positive relationships amongst peers. The mission of “Together, For Good” is to initiate conversations, advocate for change and put an end to bullying, for good.
Throughout the month of February, students and parents have plenty of opportunities to get involved and help put an end to bullying, including nomination of peers who demonstrate what it means to be “Maple Grove Nice,” using the MGJH Nice Box, tweeting compliments through @MGJH_NiceThings, and taking part in the Chain Project.
Parents could get involved by attending the parent communication meeting on Feb. 19. Participants discussed the definition of bullying, how to spread bullying awareness and the available resources if a child is bullied. A panel of experts — including counselors and administrators from MGJH, mental health experts from the community and Kevin Curwick, creator of the @OsseoNiceThings Twitter account — were present to answer questions and share their knowledge.
Osseo High School senior, Kevin Curwick, creator of @OsseoNiceThings spoke to students during multiple MGJH assemblies. He discussed why he created @OsseoNiceThings, ways students can come together and unite as a school, and encourage students to make the best of their time at MGJH. During the assemblies, students were asked to write a pledge or encouraging words on a slip of paper and at the end of the month, each slip will be linked together in a giant paper chain to symbolize the community uniting together against bullying. Messages from the chain will be archived on the @TFG2013 Twitter account, as well as through @MGJH_NiceThings.