Bullying prevention focus of poster
work to become I-90 billboard
N.Y. (Oct. 24, 2014) -- During November, fourth- and fifth-graders in
the City School District of Albany will show off their bully-prevention
smarts and their artistic skills in a poster contest.
The winning work will be featured on a billboard on I-90.
The district has partnered with CDPHP, the Albany Police Athletic League
(PAL) and the Albany Police Department on a bullying prevention campaign
and poster contest that they officially launched Oct. 24 at a news
conference at Arbor Hill Elementary School. They were joined by Arbor
Hill fifth-graders Sharon Antoine and Marcellus Gilchrist, who each sang
an anti-bullying song.
The campaign, which involves all fourth- and fifth-graders in the
district, invites students to design a poster that explains, “What can
you do to prevent bullying?”
Students will design their posters in art class, and at the end of the
month they will be judged by representatives from the district, CDPHP,
the police and PAL. One winner will be selected from each school, and
the grand-prize winner’s work will be placed on a billboard.
The contest winner will be revealed on Dec. 19 before the opening of
Lights in Albany’s Washington Park.
“The contest builds on what we’re trying to teach kids, which is to
be safe, respectful and responsible. It also challenges students to show
how they can
take an active role in preventing and even stopping
bullying,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. “That’s
an important message to emphasize, and the City School District of
Albany is grateful to CDPHP, the Albany Police Department and PAL for
their cointinued support of our efforts."
According to the U.S.
Department of Education, one in four students in grades 6 through 12 has
experienced some type of bullying.
“Bullying can lead to
depression, anxiety, poor academic performance, absenteeism, and many
other negative consequences,” said
Dr. John Bennett, CDPHP president and CEO. “Despite the
seriousness of bullying, however, not all children who are victims ask
for help. We’re hoping this campaign creates awareness about the issue
and empowers children to take a stand."
Research shows that certain characteristics may
predispose a child to being bullied, including physical weakness, lack
of friends, differences in appearance, disabilities, or low self-esteem.
positive comes from bullying. Whether it's the person being bullied, the
person doing the bullying, or a witness to the act, bullying truly
affects all those involved,” said Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff.
“Bullying not only negatively impacts students both physically and
emotionally, it significantly hampers their ability to learn. As a
community, we must continue to engage and educate our youth about
bullying and create an environment that always encourages tolerance,
acceptance and respect for each other."
Often, bullying occurs
in areas and at times when adult supervision is lax or absent, but
otherwise, there’s no consistent pattern – it can happen during the
school day or after school hours, in school, on the playground, on the
bus, at the bus stop, or even online.
“Education is the key to acceptance and to ending
the bullying problems our youth encounter daily. We look forward to
positively reinforcing that message,” said Albany PAL Executive Director
Lenny Ricchiuti, who added that PAL was proud to be part of the
"I am proud to partner
with CDPHP, the Albany Police Athletic League, and the City School
District of Albany on the "Don't be a Bully" poster contest. I am
confident that by working together," added Krokoff.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High