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When walking alongside Colson Elementary school counselor, Alexandra Rodgers, you can immediately see the respect she has from her students. Their faces light up when they see her and it is most likely because of the time and energy she puts forth into each day to care for her students, especially during her week full of interactive events centered around Red Ribbon Week.
Mrs. Rodgers focused Red Ribbon week on making good choices each day and having respect for one’s self and others. On Wacky Tacky Day students and staff dressed to celebrate their individuality and acceptance for all. Over 200 students participated in a bullying prevention poster contest, showcasing how they can stop bullying and how they can keep their friends healthy and safe. Students were awarded prizes during lunch for their participation in Red Ribbon week; they could choose sunglasses, bracelets, snacks and toothbrushes thanks to the donations from local community partners.
Also during Red Ribbon Week, thanks to Champions for Children, the Kids on the Block program came out to Colson to speak to third graders about the serious topic of child abuse. The presentation includes child-seized puppets who engage with the students in order to teach them how to recognize what is and is not child abuse. The presenters asked true and false questions while they discussed the four types of child abuse. Students participated by asking the puppets questions about the abuse each puppet character encountered.
After the presentation, students took the time to write about what they learned and shared any additional information through words or pictures. This gave teachers and guidance staff the opportunity to review the letters and speak to students individually about their personal experiences, if needed.
Students left with the knowledge to “no, go, tell”— say no, go away and tell a trusting adult about the situation. Thanks to this program, children in Hillsborough County can grow up free from child abuse and bullying to achieve their highest academic and personal goals.
It’s safe to say that the super heroes at Colson are making some great choices while taking pride in themselves and respecting others.
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