MPS Week of Nonviolence Begins Monday

During the week of February 11th, students at all Midland Public School buildings will be participating in the annual Week of Nonviolence sponsored by the Violence Prevention Partnership of Midland, a project of the Midland Area Community Foundation.

Each school has a variety of activities planned throughout the week, including assemblies, poster messaging in the hallways, awareness bracelets, ribbons, t-shirts and an anti-violence pledge, among others.  Students at Meridian High School will begin the day Monday greeted by staff and students under a giant balloon arch.  Jefferson Middle School students will be met by Nonviolence Task Force members holding “free compliment” signs, offering words of encouragement to anyone who asks.

This will be the first year that elementary students are participating in the Week of Nonviolence.  Children at Plymouth Elementary will be treated to a Ronald McDonald anti-bullying presentation during a lunch hour, while Floyd Elementary will get a chance to listen in as area high school students read aloud books with an anti-bullying message.

Midland Area Community Foundation Program Officer Nancy Money believes the Week of Nonviolence is an excellent way to get a positive message across to youth.

“The different activities and participation sees growth every year,” says Money.  “The students are involved in the planning and it’s always great to see the creative ideas they come up with.”

Money says the goal for the Week of Nonviolence is for students to truly understand the damage that can be done through bullying and violent behavior.  Most of the activities are designed to engage students to act in some way, whether it’s spreading compliments instead of gossip or pledging to take a stand against bullying.

The Violence Prevention Partnership meets monthly to discuss the issue of violence and bullying among area youth, as well as ideas on how to address it.  The annual Week of Nonviolence is one example of collaboration with local schools to address the importance of a strong message against violence.