Bully Prevention Project
Martin Luther King Day of Service Project 2011
Gibbs Library/Prescott Memorial Elementary School
Bully Prevention Project
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Gibbs Library was awarded a 2011 Martin Luther King Day of Service grant through the Maine Commission for Community Service.
The Gibbs Library of Washington hosted a two-day School Bully Prevention Project, "The Power of Inclusion Workshop: Building Character and Community Through the Expressive Arts" at the Prescott Memorial Elementary School in Washington, Maine on the Thursday and Friday (January 13 & 14, 2011) preceding Martin Luther King’s birthday on Monday January 17. The collaboration focused on Dr. King’s emphasis on inclusion, equality, tolerance, social justice and service to others.
To view a video clip of the event see below or click here:
In the spirit of Dr. King’s ideal of working together for a noble cause, the following people and organizations joined together to support the Prescott Elementary students in learning how to transform the social injustice of bullying into the power of inclusion: the Bully Prevention trainer, Maryam Mermey, Videographer, Loren Robertson , Prescott School Principal Blackman, School Administrator, Mary Ledger, Gibbs Library Board member representative from Prescott School, Hazel Kopishke, 6th grade class teacher, Jen Lee, substitute teacher, Mrs.Lobkowicz, volunteer parent, Mindy Gould , the entire faculty and staff of the Prescott Memorial School, Gibbs Library president, Paulette Oboyski and G.L. volunteers, a Washington Town Selectman and the Evening Star Grange. The Evening Star Grange & Farmer’s Market and library volunteers provided special nutritious snacks for the project participants.
The Sixth graders gave powerful presentations teaching the four major roles in the bullying cycle, the four major kinds of bullying as well as the Inclusion Technique to grades K-5. They did a wonderful job of sharing their art work representing the characters of the bully, the target, the witness and the hero. Most importantly, the sixth graders gave effective and convincing demonstartions through their art projects and theatre of how the power of the bully to hurt can be transformed into the power of the hero to help.
About Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 17, 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone was a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.
View Bully Prevention Trainer, Maryam Mermey’s website at: