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Students "Stand Up, Speak Out" Against Bullying

Rally Highlights National Bullying Prevention Month

Students wearing anti-bullying t-shirts

Student representatives from the Elk Grove, Natomas, Sacramento City, and San Juan Unified School Districts gathered yesterday at the California Museum Unity Center for the sixth annual bullying prevention rally. The theme was "Stand Up, Speak Out Against Bullying."

More than 120 participants enjoyed small group tours at activity stations in the Unity Center and interactive sponsor tables with fun prizes. They later assembled for a rally in the awe-inspiring courtyard.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Al Rogers, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent for the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), were among the guest speakers at the rally, which was organized to highlight October as National Bullying Prevention Month.

Collaborative anti-bullying efforts at districts throughout Sacramento County encourage kindness and promote anti-bullying messages. Funding for related activities and curriculum comes from Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services. The work is overseen by SCOE’s Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Department with the goal of helping students feel safe, supported, and encouraged at school.

Al Rogers, Darrell Steinberg, and Lindsay Cathcart Pennetta

Deputy Superintendent Al Rogers and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg (pictured with SCOE Project Specialist Lindsay Cathcart Pennetta) spoke at the anti-bullying rally.

Group of students at rally