No h8 @WMS – Students host Anti-Bullying Summit
Waukee Middle School (WMS) seventh grade ambassadors held their first annual “Not in Our School” summit on April 11 that focused on being kind to one another both in person and online.
Devin Neitzel, Grace Millsap, Kaitlyn Tope and Locken Marron were inspired to host their own anti-bullying event after attending the governor’s summit in November. They decided it was time to deal with the issue of Bullying and get the entire school involved. After asking for help from other seventh grade ambassadors and teachers Kelly Reinhold and Stephanie Jansa, seventh graders spent about four months planning the summit.
Orange t-shirts were printed and sold prior to the summit that said “No h8 @WMS” or “No Hate at Waukee Middle School” with the hashtag #notinourschool on the back to be worn the day of the summit.
Joshua Coburn was the keynote speaker. Coburn is a motivational speaker currently on the “Manners & Motivation Tour.” Coburn addressed complex teen issues such as teen depression and anxiety, drug abuse, suicide, self-esteem, and bullying in an interactive manner which allowed his story to be felt as much as heard, all while creating unity among the student body.
After Coburn’s presentation students were given the opportunity to reflect and respond to the new learning and listened to breakout sessions featuring guest speakers, Raylee Melton, LeAnn Paulsen, DJ Vega, from our community about the importance of a positive digital footprint.
“Students were able to be honest with themselves and really reflect on their behavior toward other people (online and in person). I think they will think about their actions in the future and consider the implications,” Reinhold said.