WDC creating a caring community
“Bullying: We don’t do that here!” Students at Wadena-Deer Creek Schools learned that message through Rock In Prevention today (Sept. 18), as part of the school district’s ongoing commitment to bullying prevention.
Rock In Prevention is a unique program that brings high school and elementary students together for a common goal: to prevent bullying and create a caring community.
“We use music as a tool to teach skills and methods to stop bullying in schools. It gets the kids involved and having fun at the same time,” said John Correa, who along with Andrew Droogsma, presented a high-energy program for WDC’s K-8 grade students, who were rocking out and learning how to take a stand against bullying.
Correa said younger students look up to the upper classmen, so they see role models that are actually supporting anti-bullying and that enforces the message to the younger students.
WDC High School mentors were: Kristyn Ament, Wyatt Fitzsimmons, Autumn Jahnke, Angela Grecco, Rylie Langer, Carrie Nelson, Ian Olson, Athea Perez, Kassi Peterson, Jarrett Pettit, Dylan Phillips, Wade Piper, David Wegscheid, Katy Wegscheid, Mariah Wood and Toby Wood.
Seventh-grader Makaylyn Sibert said she enjoyed many aspects of the hour presentation -- the skits, the rockin’ music, seeing her teachers and high school mentors get up and dance and the positive messages on how to stop bullying.
“It was all very fun,” she said.
WDC Elementary Principal Louis Rutten is the person who brought the idea of the Rock In Prevention program to WDC. He saw their presentation at a conference and liked how they mixed music with the anti-bullying messages.
“Our students learned new songs with catchy jingles that will help remind them and their classmates about the strategies they learned today,” Rutten said.
At the end of the presentation, students received a CD with all the cool songs they learned, but they also took home a family follow-up survey, so they can share the positive message with Mom and Dad. WDC teachers and staff received Rock In Prevention T-shirts to help promote their positive messages too.