October is Bullying Prevention Month in South Kitsap schools

South Kitsap School District is working to prevent bullying by showing students and their parents its harmful effects.

All South Kitsap schools are focused on bullying prevention during October, but two South Kitsap schools are doing a little extra.

To raise awareness of the effects of bullying, John Sedgwick Junior High and Cedar Heights Middle School are co-hosting nationally known bullying prevention speaker Jerry Ackerman.

On Oct. 6, Ackerman will visit both schools in the morning for all-school student assemblies, delivering a message entitled “I Will Defend.”

In the early afternoon at Cedar Heights, Ackerman will work with members of each school’s student leadership organizations on activities aimed at building positive student leadership.

Then that evening, he will revisit John Sedgwick to deliver a presentation to parents that’s titled “Parenting the Snapchat Generation.”

“We are excited for this rare opportunity to join students, families and schools to educate and equip students and families on social media and the current student culture around bullying,” said Amy Miller, communications director for South Kitsap School District.

“Parents are welcome to join us for the morning assemblies and the evening parent workshop.”

The schedule is as follows:

Anti-bullying schedule Thursday, Oct. 6:

JSJH all-school assembly: “I Will Defend” 8:10-9 a.m. @ JSJH

CHMS all-school assembly: “I Will Defend”  10-10:50 a.m. @ CHMS

Student leadership workshop: “Elvis Evolution”  1-2:15 p.m. @ CHMS

Parent presentation: “Parenting the Snapchat Generation” 6:30-7:30 p.m. @JSJH