The “Take a Stand” program was introduced to the students in January. The students participated in a school-wide kick-off event that informed them about the program and gave them the tools necessary to speak up when they see things occurring that are wrong, such as a student making fun of another student.
Bradley County Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel and supervisor of secondary schools Dan Glasscock attended the kick-off. The event included a student-performed skit, a presentation by Assistant Principal Terry Walsh and original posters by the art students. It also included a segment from teachers who shared personal experiences from their past about times when they have been mistreated or have mistreated others. Thanks to community partners and donations, every student and staff member received a free t-shirt to wear in support of the program. The students left the kick-off excited and ready to “take a stand.”
“I believe this program will empower our students to take a stand for what is right by opening their eyes to the thoughts and feelings of those around them,” Lauren Curry, a sixth grade teacher at Lake Forest, said.
Students also participated in their first class meeting, a time designated to talk about important issues and an opportunity for teachers and students to build strong relationships with each other. Lake Forest teachers have been trained on the program and how to lead a class meeting. Class meetings will occur every Friday morning.
“The class meetings are a great way for teachers to connect with their students in a non-academic environment. I look forward to getting to know my students better and being able to discuss relevant issues that don’t always come up in a normal class setting,” eigth grade teacher Alaina Rogers said.
The program is designed to be informative and preventative in nature. According to Rogers, The entire staff and students of Lake Forest are excited to continue the program and look forward to working with the community to “Take a Stand!”