My bullying prevention tip is very fitting for today's date: 10/10, which coincidentally falls within National Bullying Prevention Month.
If you have young children or you teach young children, you'll love the award-winning book, One, and it's companion book Zero, by Kathryn Otoshi.
These books beautifully express the power of stepping up and the importance of feeling whole in your center.
They were so powerful to me that I reached out to Ms. Otoshi and we created One Can Count, which consists of materials and simple activity suggestions that support the messages of respect and leadership. As a matter of fact, New York State Senator Andrew J. Lanza recently sponsored One Can Count in all 30 of the public elementary schools in his district. St. John's University hosted the workshop for principals, teachers, counselors, parent coordinators and graduate students. As a community we came together to discuss solutions and to focus our attention on encouraging leadership skills at an early age as the anti-bully.
If you want your community to benefit from One Can Count and have questions about how to cost effectively introduce the books and materials into your school districts, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The equation is as simple as this:
Books + Free Materials + T-Shirts = Opportunities to Encourage Leadership
"Sometimes it just takes One."
Thank you for being a One.
Susan S. Raisch
Founder of Tangled Ball