Students participate in National Anti-Bullying Week and drug awareness campaigns

Student Leadership team and the counseling department are promoting anti-bullying week and working to spread drug awareness


By Photo by Kelly Gothard

Freshman counselor Polly Vader explains an activity that helps raise awareness of the harmful effects of drug usage to a group of freshman on Thursday, Oct. 3. “It’s just giving them a little more information and background.” Vader said.

As part of National Anti-Bullying Week, running from Oct. 7 through Oct. 11, the Student Leadership team and counseling department have teamed up to end bullying at Mill Valley.

Mean Stinks, an anti-bullying campaign new to our school, is designed to encourage students to work together and “gang up for good” against bullies. This week, SLT organized school-wide events for the program. To earn class cup points and pledge to be bully-free, students are encouraged to take part in these events. Earlier this week, students painted their pinky fingernails blue to spread the message of anti-bullying. Still to come is Friday’s “blue-out” day, when students are asked to wear blue to signify a bully-free school.

In addition to SLT’s planned events, freshman counselor Polly Vader has been visiting freshmen to talk about anti-bullying, as well drug awareness.

“It’s just giving them a little more information and background, especially being new to the building, and just giving them the knowledge and power they’ll be able to use throughout their high school career in terms of anti-bullying or drug awareness or whatever it may be,” Vader said.

According to Vader, the students have been responding to the program well, contributing “really deep, meaningful, thoughtful comments” when participating in discussions relating to the harmful effects of drugs and the issue of bullying.

“It’s really been enlightening for me,” Vader said. “I feel like I have a lot of information now that I can take back to the counseling department staff to share with them what our kids already know and even more things we can do to help support them.”

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