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Spread The Word To End The Word Week

The month of April is just around the corner and April is a month dedicated to several worthy causes including National Autism Aw
areness Month as w
ell as National Youth Violence Prevention Month.
 RBSMS will participate in the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign to educate why the R-word (retard/retarded) is hurtful to those with intellectual disabilities and their families. We will have activities during the week of April 2nd (which happens to be World Autism Awareness Day) through April 6th.   

And the winners of the End the R-Word at RBSMS are:

A lunch:

Nijia Orlandi    Breanne Rood   Qixalia Howard    Destiny Williams Ryan Glover                           Adam Stringer                      Josh Pellegrino        Kamil Mehrab        Emily Kirk     Alyssa Baker      Jacob Smith

B lunch:

Amelia Palmer   Tyler Davis   Alyzisha Rodriguez   Kelianexis Rodriguez        Victoria Smith   Hezekiah Patterson    Javonte Robinson                 Lillian Rap     Angel Rodriguez                  Ta’mya Floyd

C lunch:          Tiffany Reynolds                   Lara Velazquez         Melodylyn Yazell                  Alyssa Schroeder            LeAnn Sears     Marcos Gonzalez                  Travin Lee                              Layla Laezza   Logan Williams                     Timberly Steward                 Caleb Garcia

Because these winners could:

  • answer trivia about this week’s videos,
  • cite the purpose of the campaign,

  • explain the importance of inclusion, and

  • list ways to intervene if another person did use the r-word slur

These students signed the pledge banner, wore the Spread The Word bracelet, and won the I Pledge to Respect Everyone t-shirt.

Hurricane Irma

Children and teenagers can become anxious when their routines are disrupted by natural disasters such as a hurricane. Parents should try to address those fears in a factual, reassuring manner.  If you remain calm, your children will often follow your behavior.

While we wait for Hurricane Irma, there are resources available:

RB Stewart MS is a hurricane shelter.  Please evacuate if you are in Zone A or need a sturdy structure.

 

Hurricane Prep Steps: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/In-Heart-of-Hurricane-Season-Take-Steps-to-Get-Prepared

What to Say to your Teen: https://www.nicklauschildrens.org/patients-and-families/health-and-safety-information/articles/preparing-your-child-for-a-hurricane

When school resumes, our counseling team will be available to help our students as we recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma.