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Salnave students stand up to bullying


John McCallum

Students at Salnave Elementary take a stand against bullying.

Students at Cheney's Salnave Elementary School took part in a national campaign last week to "Take a Stand, Lend a Hand, Stop Bullying!"

According to information from the school district, the campaign is a collaboration between organizations across the country, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, making it the largest government-organized campaign to combat bullying.

In the school newsletter "Salnave Elementary Snippets," school social worker Catheleen Schlotter said students are taught how to handle bullying in a safe and positive manner. Bullying is defined as "unfair and one-sided" and takes place when an individual "keeps hurting, frightening, threatening or leaving someone out on purpose."

Schlotter said students are taught the "3 R's of Bullying: Recognize – is it bullying, Refuse – if it is safe, stand up to the bully in an assertive way, not aggressively, and Report – if the bullying behavior does no stop or if it is not safe, report it to an adult."

Salnave students engaged in several activities over the course of the week. Monday every student and staff member signed a pledge against bullying, and received a wrist band symbolizing the pledge. Wednesday guest speakers and readers from the community visited classrooms to discuss bullying. Those speakers were Ken Johnson, Bill Dennstaedt and Cameron Homan from the Cheney Fire Department, Beau Hansen from EWU police, Donaye Smith and Marshal Peone from the EWU rodeo team, Tracy Schoenleber from Spokane Fire, EWU soccer and football head coaches George Hageage and Beau Baldwin, Keith Klauss, Nate Bryant, Trent Lutey and Chuck Lopez of EWU and Cheney City Council candidate and local Realtor Dan Hilton.

Thursday the students completed a poster exemplifying their commitment to stand up and stop bullying, and Friday they carried these posters in a "Walk Away from Bullying" walk around the school grounds and nearby Salnave Park.

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