Tygarts Valley Middle/High School students learned about using kindness, compassion and positivity to combat bullying Wednesday as they celebrated Unity Day.
Since the schools are celebrating Homecoming Week as well, students tried to add orange, the anti-bullying color, to their outfits as part of Mixed-Matched Clothing Day Wednesday.
Sharon Gallogly, a guidance counselor at both schools, said numerous Unity Day events were planned.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Students at Tygarts Valley Middle/High School celebrate Unity Day Wednesday and pledge to help stop bullying. Eighth-graders Courtney Kramer and Madison Williams look on as Josh Fortney signs the unity promise posters.
"During announcements, students learned about Unity Day and anti-bullying," Gallogly said. "Before lunch, we read the unity Pledge and students signed the unity poster that stated 'the end of bullying begins with me.'"
Gallogly said as students left the lunchroom, they were greeted by a compliment box.
"The box was turned upside down, and offered each student a compliment as they passed by, helping build good feelings," Gallogly said. "Students also received orange ribbons."
Eighth-grader Josh Fortney said he dislikes bullying because it hurts kids' feelings.
"I do not like to hurt others," Fortney said. "I have been bullied before and it made me sad."
Courtney Kramer, an eighth-grader, said she enjoyed the day's activities.
"I just hope it helps people stop bullying one another," Kramer said.
Gallogly said the purpose of the activity was to help kids understand that everyone has feelings, and to learn to treat others they way they would like to be treated.
"We also encouraged all students to post a statement on Facebook today, stating in some way that they do not promote bullying," Gallogly said.