Captains in Compassion: Aguilar Launches Bullying Prevention Campaign
“Imagine a world without bullying.”
That’s the slogan of Captain Compassion, an anti-bullying campaign that has been going on at Aguilar Elementary during the month of October – National Bully Prevention Month.
Counselor Kristen Dunn introduced the campaign to help students better understand the issue of bullying, including understanding what their “superpowers” are and how they can use them to stop bullying on their campus.
In support of National Bullying Prevention Month in October, Committee for Children, a leader in research-based social-emotional learning education, has created a bullying prevention superhero named Captain Compassion. She and her sidekick, Kid Kinder, are focused on teaching bystanders – through a series of comic strips – just how powerful they are, and how much good they can do in this world by recognizing, reporting, and refusing bullying.
“I love the Captain Compassion character because it gives the kids a person to focus on, especially because most kids love superheroes,” said Dunn. “People have to stand up for each other, and there is a right and a wrong way to do that. That’s what we have been focusing on teaching to our students with this campaign. Teachers have been very involved in helping communicate these messages to our students.”
A Captain Compassion booth was set up during every recess in October, and students could read the comic strips and learn about their superpowers, work on Captain Compassion coloring sheets, and pledge to use their bystander power for good.
Aguilar has 15 junior coaches to help with organized games. During the Captain Compassion campaign, the coaches were able to help inform and educate about bystander power.
Other ways that Counselor Dunn and the Aguilar staff have been making an effort to stop bullying, specifically during recess, is by working to create positive and engaging recess activities. One way they are doing that is through a running club. Students can run and log their miles at recess, and earn special privileges as they hit certain milestones. There is also a fun, structured game introduced each week to the students during recess.
Why the focus on stopping bullying?
“Because we want to be in a school where people are nice to each other,” said fourth-grader Dylan Arzate.