Sixth Grade Student Leads Classmates in Anti-Bullying Campaign
June 15, 2010
On Wednesday, June 16, sixth grader, Kailuh Menefee, will deliver a powerful message to her fellow students: Stop Bullying! She will deliver this message as part of an after-school assembly that she has been planning for the past few months.
Earlier this year, Kailuh was assigned the task of writing an essay about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and how it could affect the decisions she makes in her life. As part of her essay, Kailuh wrote, “In the fifth grade I’d look out the window of my dark room and see myself in a town of vacant buildings. I was in pain. I thought people wouldn’t like me for myself. To mask the hurt I went around ridiculing people and telling them they were ugly. Now, I realize because of the bullying I’ve done I was on my own.”
After submitting her essay to her teacher, she decided to take the assignment one step further. Kailuh decided to take her message to her fellow students. She decided to plan and execute an assembly to help her peers understand more about bullying and inspire them to stand up to bullies and resist becoming bullies themselves.
This week’s assembly will be presented to the two after school programs at Herman Leimbach, Sacramento START and ASES. It will help students understand different types of bullying, the causes of bullying and will inspire students to make positive choices in how they treat others and react to those who treat them badly. The assembly will consist of a presentation by Kailuh, skits performed by students and a presentation by Kevin Bracy, a motivational speaker from Life Changers International.
This assembly demonstrates the positive influence that students can have on their peers as well as the leadership qualities that emerge when students are given the opportunities to develop these qualities. The assembly will be held on Wednesday, June 16 from 1:45-2:30 in the multi-purpose room at Herman Leimbach Elementary School.