Students Meet to Plan “Week of Nonviolence” for Area Schools

Students meet outside at Bullock Creek High School to plan the upcoming Week of Nonviolence, taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather.

113 students from 13 Midland County schools recently met to help plan the upcoming Week of Nonviolence at their respective schools.  The Week of Nonviolence is sponsored by the Midland County Violence Prevention Partnership of the Midland Area Community Foundation.  It will take place April 16– 20 at Midland County and Freeland public schools.

The middle and high school aged students met at Bullock Creek High School and started with a lunch together, followed by a speaker who shared with the students his experience being bullied and later becoming a bully himself.  He spoke of the importance of youth taking the initiative to get involved to raise awareness of violence and bullying.

Students then listened as officer Julie Nagel of the Tittabawassee Police Department shared some legal ramifications of bullying.  She explained that victims and witnesses make up the majority of students, and if they take a stand against bullying it will help make schools a safe environment for everyone.

Schools then separated into groups to share their thoughts on how to promote the Week of Nonviolence.  One idea was to secretly act out a bullying scenario in the hallway to see if passers-by would help prevent it.  Another student came up with a plan to change the normal places students sit for lunch for a day, giving them a chance to socialize with peers they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Midland Foundation Program Officer, Nancy Money, helped to organize the event.  “The idea is to get students involved as much as possible,” she said.  “We heard from students about what they believe the issues are in their schools, then students came up with some outstanding ideas on how to raise awareness of, and prevent, bullying and violence.”

For more information about the Week of Nonviolence or the Midland County Violence Prevention Partnership, please contact the MACF at 989.839.9661 or info@midlandfoundation.org.