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Bullies beware: Sand Creek Middle School implements program

"A lot of parents lose that ability to communicate with their kids," he said.

For parent of four and Sand Creek parent-teacher association Vice President Jeff Zelka, the bullying program has given him the opportunity to discuss bullying and bullies at home in a more open dialogue.

"As a parent, I'm all for it," he said. "A squeaky wheel gets the grease."

According to him, meetings about the program have brought insight to students and parents.

"I attend all the meetings, and I like the guidelines of the program. It's got a lot of good ideas, and it can work as long as it gets the necessary support," he said.

Zelka said he finds himself talking about the program all the time, and even labeled himself "the bully dad."

He believes that learning about bullying now could prevent kids from becoming bullies in the future.

"Once they graduate from high school, you don't graduate and stop bullying," he said. "You've got to learn how not to be a bully."

The school's program is centered on just that: teaching students how not to be bullies at school and at home.

In ensuring that the bullying message is seen by students not only in their classrooms, but throughout the community, Sand Creek is asking local businesses to sponsor the program with a $100 donation. By donating, their business slogan will be printed on T-shirts that students will be wearing at the program's launching on Wednesday, Oct. 8, as well as on signs throughout the school. In addition, posters with the bullying message will be handed out to participating businesses so that they can hang them and students can know that they are a safe establishment that does not support bullying.

If you are a business owner and would like to sponsor the program, call Linda Kennedy, principal secretary at Sand Creek, at 459-1333.""

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