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25 Days of Respect - Spring 2016
Kick Off - Monday, May 2


Elementary Schools

Elementary schools across Wilson County will be encouraging 4th and 5th grade students to watch the “I am a Witness” video. Students will watch the video about a young monster kid named Jack. Students are encouraged to also watch the video at home with their families.  (Click on the image to watch the video).

Elementary students will watch the video with their class and then discuss how they can help kids like Jack at their own school. Students will be encouraged to draw a picture of Jack at their school and show how they would help Jack.

Contest: Each school will select a drawing that shares the best idea of how to help kids like Jack in their own school.
The artist of the drawing will be invited to a pizza party with AJ Rightway to celebrate the end of school. 


Middle Schools

Middle school 6th Graders across Wilson County will be encouraged to watch the “Sticks and Stones” video, created by the Wilson Youth Council,  at home with their families.  (Click on the image to watch the video).

Middle school students in 6th grade will watch the video during their Health class and then discuss how the characters in the video, why they bully and how to prevent bullying at school. Students will be encouraged to write an essay about a character in the video and what they learned from the video.   

Contest: Each school will select an essay that expresses the best ideas of how to prevent bullying within their own school.  A drawing will be held from the best essays. One student will receive an instamatic camera. Two students will receive gift cards. Winners will be recognized at the June 6, 2015 school board meeting. 


High Schools

The Wilson Youth Council will be promoting the use of the “I am a Witness” keyboard in text messages, InstaGram and on Twitter. The unique keyboard, icons and pre-designed electronic stickers and GIFS can be downloaded on any smart phone. (click on the phone image to the left for more information). The images were created by the National Ad Council in an effort to assist teens who want to support those that experience cyber-bullying. The Wilson Youth Council will have displays set up during lunch throughout the last 25 days of school. High School students are also invited to the “I am a Witness” event planned by WYC. Details will be provided within each high school. 





PREVENTION AND AWARENESS RESOURCES provides information from various government agencies on what bullying iswhat cyberbullying iswho is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying This is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human ServicesContent for this website is provided by the partners on the Editorial Board.  The coordinates closely with the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Steering Committee, an interagency effort led by the Department of Education that works to coordinate policy, research, and communications on bullying topics.  The Federal Partners include representatives from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, the Interior, and Justice, as well as the Federal Trade Commission and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.



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The It Gets Better Project™ has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. Take the pledge to spread this message to friends, family and neighbors. Give hope to   bullied teens by letting them know that it gets better.




GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contributions in makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.




Join more than 100 other teens in the Wilson Youth Council’s anti-bully program.  The Wilson Youth Council meets every 1st & 3rd Monday, during the school year, in the Wilson County Library @ 6:30 pm to plan projects, outreach and community service. SMH@BULLYING is an awareness and action program developed by the WYC members. WYC works in partnership with Wilson County Schools to raise awareness about bullying and implement prevention programs.

WYC created the “Sticks and Stones” video after performing the play for the Wilson County School Counselors & Wilson Gang Taskforce. The teens adapted the script and performed the play many times. They created the video so that more students could see it and teachers could use it as instructional material inside the classroom. To receive the “Sticks and Stones” Guidebook with student worksheets, contact the Wilson Youth Council Advisor at the City of Wilson - Human Relations Office – 252-399-2308.




For more information, please contact Dr. Steve Ellis, Executive Director of Alternative Education Programs, at (252) 399-7700 x8679 or

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