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PA Cyber observes National Bullying Awareness Month, Red Ribbon Week

Oct 2, 2017

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and, as part of PA Cyber Charter School's anti-bullying efforts, administrators are reminding everyone to "Be Kind Online."

To help kick off the month, PA Cyber is following the lead of national organizations and encouraging students and staff to wear a blue shirt on Monday, Oct. 2, to show support for Blue Shirt Day, the World Day of Bullying Prevention.

STOMP Out Bullying—a national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students— urges everyone to "go blue" by wearing a blue shirt the first Monday of each October, making that the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world.

"Spreading kindness is important, not just on Monday, but all year long," said John Oster, PA Cyber Student Assistance Program supervisor. "One way to do this is by educating ourselves on what we can do to prevent bullying."

Another national nonprofit organization devoted to preventing bullying grew the awareness campaign from a week in 2006 into a national month that is recognized by schools and communities worldwide. October continues to be a time to unite to address bullying.

Face-to-face bullying and cyberbullying are means to hurt or embarrass another person, and its effects are linked to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness that increase a young person's risk of suicide. The National Crime Prevention Council reports that 43 percent of teens have been victims of cyberbullying in the last year.

Red Ribbon Week
In support of wholesome environments, October will also bring Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign observed during the last week of the month, Oct. 23-31. The week encourages youth to stay away from drugs and violence by promoting healthy living.

PA Cyber students in grades K-12 are encouraged to take part in the anti-drug poster contest to celebrate National Red Ribbon Anti-Drug and Prevention Month. Posters are being accepted now through the 4 p.m. Oct. 31 deadline. The theme is "Think of all that you can be when you stay drug free." Posters will be judged in early November.

The poster contest is advertised on the Fine Arts and the Student Assistance Program Buzz pages. SAP is also sponsoring Red Ribbon Fitness Walks. More information is available on the SAP Buzz page.

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About PA Cyber

Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.