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Greater Essex County District School Board
Building Tomorrow Together Every Learner, Every Day
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

NEWS RELEASE                                 

Greater Essex County District School Board 451 Park Street West, Windsor ON N9A 6K1

519-255- 3200


November 15, 2017

Contact: Public Relations Officer Scott Scantlebury

Phone: 519-255-3200 ext. 10224

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

- #ChooseKind -

The GECDSB will be using a variety of media platforms during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, November 20-24, to promote positive relationships in our school communities.

Books, film and live theatre will be catalysts to heighten awareness of what constitutes bullying and the impact it has on school environments.

The novel, Wonder written by R.J. Palacio is featured in the Board's "Social Justice Begins With Me" resource kit for Early Years to Grade 8. It relates the story of a boy with facial differences who enters public school for the first time in Grade 5. It has inspired the #ChooseKind movement and students are being encouraged to take part in the #ChooseKind Challenge with a variety of activities to promote acts of kindness every day.

Some junior and intermediate classes that have studied the novel in class will be seeing the recently released movie adaptation of the book, starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

On Monday, November 20th students from Hugh Beaton Public School will attend a special screening of the movie and a #ChooseKind presentation at Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Cinemas beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Secondary students have been invited to a performance of the play, The Laramie Project, performed by the students of the Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts, at Walkerville Collegiate on Wednesday, November 22nd at 9:00 a.m.

For more information contact GECDSB Diversity officer Rachel Olivero @ 519-255-3200 ext. 10213.