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Middle school students unite against bullying

About 200 seventh-grade students from Geneva Middle School North gathered for an anti-bullying event and video in recognition of Bullying Awareness Week – Nov. 17 through 23.
About 200 seventh-grade students from Geneva Middle School North gathered for an anti-bullying event and video in recognition of Bullying Awareness Week – Nov. 17 through 23.

GENEVA – About 200 seventh-grade students from Geneva Middle School North came together last week to send a message to their peers – we’re not alone.

In recognition of Bullying Awareness Week, Nov. 17 through 23, students filmed an anti-bullying video,  which featured an original song performed to the tune of “Cups.”

The song, “Vikings Stand Up,” featured 198 students dressed in matching T-shirts, clapping and tapping out a rhythm in unison, while singing the following verses:

We’re not alone, we’re not alone
It’s you and me, we’re not alone,
We will stand up and say
No, not this
No, not today!
Stand up together every day.

A video of the event can be viewed, by visiting the Geneva Middle School North webpage at www.geneva304.org.

 “For the last several years our guidance staff, teachers and students have collaborated to create several short videos that demonstrate our commitment to making positive choices in support of anti-bullying week,” said GMSN Assistant Principal Maura Burns in a news release. “This year’s video is the product of our seventh-grade teachers and students and shows how creative, compassionate and thoughtful our students are.”

In the release, video organizer and seventh-grade teacher Brenna Westerhoff said the seventh-grade students became intrigued by the idea that one person can make a difference while reading about Malala Yousafzai and how she stood up for herself and others. 

During the discussions that followed, the idea for the video was born and quickly embraced by students who wanted to spread the important lessons of standing up for each other, making a difference and having a voice, according to the release. 

“Bullying comes in so many different forms that we want to help students recognize that they have a voice – a very powerful voice – and that they can make a difference,” said Westerhoff in the release.
The video was showed to the middle school student body on Nov. 20 as part of Bullying Awareness Week.

More information about Bullying Awareness Week can be found at www.bullyingawarenessweek.org.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our students and staff for taking a stand against bullying in this way,” said GMSN Principal Larry Bidlack in the release. “I am so thankful to be able to work with such wonderful people every day.”

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