Midland Students Participate in Week of Nonviolence

Bullock Creek students form a line to welcome peers to class Monday morning

Several area schools are participating in a “Week of Nonviolence” sponsored by the Midland County Violence Prevention Partnership, a project of the Midland Area Community Foundation.  Each of the 13 area schools planned various activities throughout the week to help raise awareness of bullying and other violent activities.

On Monday morning several Bullock Creek High School students erected a balloon arch just inside the main entrance, formed a line and welcomed fellow students with cheers and high-fives as they arrived.  After being greeted, they were then offered donuts on the way to their first class.  The students organized this to kick-off the Week of Nonviolence, with several other activities planned throughout the week.

Students at Midland High School decided to decorate their hallways with numerous signs and posters promoting non-violence.  The freshman class was then invited to hear a speech by author Ben Mikaelsen, who spoke about his experience being bullied and the affect it had on his life.  His most recent book, “Touching Spirit Bear” is a powerful message about youth, acceptance of personal responsibility and maturing into adulthood.  Mikaelsen will be speaking at several other schools throughout the week; nearly 4,000 students will hear his message.

Participants include all public middle and high schools from Midland, Meridian, Coleman, Bullock Creek and Freeland.  The Midland County Violence Prevention Partnership hopes the Week of Nonviolence, now in its ninth year, will help students to understand the detrimental effects that youth bullying and violence has in our community.