MILO, Maine — Students in grades 3-6 at the Milo Elementary School created posters recently for a contest as part of No Name Calling Week, an effort to teach about the harmful effects of bullying and teasing.
Womancare, a community-based organization working to end domestic violence, joined with elementary schools in several of the region’s districts for No Name Calling Week activities to help put an end to the hurtful names and bullying. On the morning of March 16 Womancare children’s services coordinator Sherry Gaudet joined with Milo Elementary Guidance Counselor Susie Davis to announce the poster contest winners for No Name Calling Week.
“I know all of you have been real anxious to find out who wins the ice cream party for your classroom,” Davis told those gathered for all-school assembly. “I gave your posters to Ms. Sherry and she took those to a group of people to decide the winners. Eventually we are going to have the winners hanging on the wall.”
Prizes were awarded for the top three places in grades 3-6 — the students could choose to work on their posters in small groups or individually — as Davis called the winners to the front of the room to receive certificates and ribbons.
“The first-place winners will receive an ice cream social for their classrooms, and we would like to keep your posters so we can frame them,” Gaudet said. “I believe they will all hang up in the hallway like last year.”
In 2011 Milo Elementary students also created posters teaching their peers about ending hurtful behavior.
The contest winners had their creations framed and displayed to serve as reminders throughout the remainder of the school year and the start of the next against name calling.