Payson Junior High students, under the direction of the school’s counselors, committed and entire week in November to focusing on being buddies and not bullies in their school. The counselors, with help from the school’s Peer Leaders, visited the school’s classes to kickoff the anti-bully week, delivering a powerful anti-bullying message to classmates. Homeroom classes participated in a door decorating contest, with classes focusing on anti-bullying themed doors; the competition was won by Lynette Ethridge’s third-period Biology class. The school’s counselors sponsored a Mix-it-up Lunch, which rewarded students with various prizes for getting to know classmates they didn’t know so well. And the week culminated with an assembly which featured Miss Utah, Danika Olsen, who provided an uplifting message for students about peer acceptance and other issues relevant to the lives of teens.
Karanda Heimuli, a ninth-grade student at Payson Junior High, said of the week, “It’s good to point out how damaging bullying can be so we can focus on stopping it.”
Savanah Gillies, also a ninth-grade student stated, “Bullying is an abomination that needs to stop!”
The students at Payson Junior high, collectively, seem to share these students sentiments as many committed to be bully-free into the future.