The third week of November is recognized as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. This year it is November 20 – 24, 2017. It is a time for students, employees, parents/guardians and community to learn more about bullying and its effect on student achievement and well-being.
The Well-Being priority in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan  includes the goal to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential. Our award-winning Say and Do Nice Things campaign, being launched this week, is a simple way to show kindness and care to others through welcoming behaviours, such as smiling, saying ‘hi’ and asking how things are going outside school/work.
The Ministry of Education is currently developing shared vision of how to best support the well-being of all students, in collaboration with parents, students, educators and administrators, counsellors, social workers, and community partners across the province. Consultation is underway now through the Ministry’s Well-Being Strategy .
“Children and students who have strong relationships and a positive sense of self are in a better position to reach their full potential. As we continue to strive for excellence in our education system, we know it is essential to support all of our students to have a positive sense of well-being – the sense of self, identity, and belonging in the world that will help them to learn, grow and thrive.” – Ministry of Education, Well-Being Strategy for Education.
Say and Do Nice Things campaign re-launched for a fourth year
Say and Do Nice Things is a way for positive comments or stories to be shared at schools, the Education Centre and through families and communities.
Follow the account @SayDoNiceThings  and the hashtag #SayDoNiceThings or #CaringCounts on Twitter.
Please join us across Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board in creating welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments. Say and Do Nice Things during Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week and every day!
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, firstname.lastname@example.org