A nationally-recognized program that challenges students to take care of each other is coming to Wallowa County Schools.
Jeff Evans will present the assembly, “No Bullies Allowed,” at Wallowa, Joseph and Enterprise elementaries Tuesday, Nov. 28. He will finish his day with a magic show at Enterprise 6:30 p.m.
Evans has been performing magic professionally since 1998 and does more than 250 shows a year.
He uses magic, along with audience participation, story-telling and comedy in his anti-bullying presentations.
Class activity sheets are provided for teachers the day of the assembly to help integrate the material taught in the assembly.
Evans said students will discover how a positive attitude can transform confrontations into friendships and are challenged to “do something nice for someone.” They also learn simple responses that keep them in charge of their emotions and discuss the difference between tattling and reporting.
Finally, students are challenged to be “upstanders,” rather than bystanders and help put an end to bullying in their schools.
• More than one out of every five students report being bullied.
• 64 percent of children who were bullied did not report it.
• More than half of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.
• School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25 percent.
• The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks, body shape and race.
SOURCE: National Bullying Prevention Center