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Bullying prevention focus of poster contest

Winning work to become I-90 billboard

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 24, 2014) -- During November, fourth- and fifth-graders in the City School District of Albany will show off their bully-prevention smarts and their artistic skills in a poster contest.

 

The winning work will be featured on a billboard on I-90.

 

The district has partnered with CDPHP, the Albany Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Albany Police Department on a bullying prevention campaign and poster contest that they officially launched Oct. 24 at a news conference at Arbor Hill Elementary School. They were joined by Arbor Hill fifth-graders Sharon Antoine and Marcellus Gilchrist, who each sang an anti-bullying song.

 

The campaign, which involves all fourth- and fifth-graders in the district, invites students to design a poster that explains, “What can you do to prevent bullying?”

 

Students will design their posters in art class, and at the end of the month they will be judged by representatives from the district, CDPHP, the police and PAL. One winner will be selected from each school, and the grand-prize winner’s work will be placed on a billboard.

 

The contest winner will be revealed on Dec. 19 before the opening of Capital Holiday Lights in Albany’s Washington Park.


“The contest builds on what we’re trying to teach kids, which is to be safe, respectful and responsible. It also challenges students to show how they can
take an active role in preventing and even stopping bullying,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. “That’s an important message to emphasize, and the City School District of Albany is grateful to CDPHP, the Albany Police Department and PAL for their cointinued support of our efforts."

      

According to the U.S. Department of Education, one in four students in grades 6 through 12 has experienced some type of bullying.

 

“Bullying can lead to depression, anxiety, poor academic performance, absenteeism, and many other negative consequences,” said Dr. John Bennett, CDPHP president and CEO. “Despite the seriousness of bullying, however, not all children who are victims ask for help. We’re hoping this campaign creates awareness about the issue and empowers children to take a stand."

  

Research shows that certain characteristics may predispose a child to being bullied, including physical weakness, lack of friends, differences in appearance, disabilities, or low self-esteem.

                                                  

"Nothing positive comes from bullying. Whether it's the person being bullied, the person doing the bullying, or a witness to the act, bullying truly affects all those involved,” said Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff. “Bullying not only negatively impacts students both physically and emotionally, it significantly hampers their ability to learn. As a community, we must continue to engage and educate our youth about bullying and create an environment that always encourages tolerance, acceptance and respect for each other."

        

Often, bullying occurs in areas and at times when adult supervision is lax or absent, but otherwise, there’s no consistent pattern – it can happen during the school day or after school hours, in school, on the playground, on the bus, at the bus stop, or even online.

 

“Education is the key to acceptance and to ending the bullying problems our youth encounter daily. We look forward to positively reinforcing that message,” said Albany PAL Executive Director Lenny Ricchiuti, who added that PAL was proud to be part of the initiative. 

      

"I am proud to partner with CDPHP, the Albany Police Athletic League, and the City School District of Albany on the "Don't be a Bully" poster contest. I am confident that by working together," added Krokoff.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves 9,000 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

 

         
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