Drop a Note for a Friend!


     Our classroom "Drop a Note for a Friend" box gives students a low-risk way to share concerns about any bullying incidents they may be aware of and, just as important, any instances of unkindness. The incidents can be directed at the reporting child him/herself or someone else.
   The anti-bullying program at our school teaches that "silent witnesses", the ones who are aware of bullying incidents but don't report them, are just as harmful - and accountable - as the bullies.
     The box is in an out-of-the-way spot by my desk, so students can let me know what is happening to them or to others by dropping a note into the box without others seeing them do it. This serves two purposes: 1) The reporting student feels safer, and 2) being aware allows me to keep an eye on specific situations and do a little friendly questioning.  Will I get some unsubstantiated claims?   It's possible, so being aware is even more important.  I like knowing that my students can communicate with me on this important issue.
Pat McFadyen
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