Education briefs for Oct. 21

Bullying Prevention Week approaching

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week starts Sunday. It is sponsored by Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights' National Center for Bullying Prevention.

The groups encourage teachers, parents and children nationwide to use bullying prevention activities and materials at PACER's Web site to help end bullying.

"Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide," said Paula F. Goldberg, executive director of PACER, which is based in Minnesota. "It can cause school absenteeism, mental and physical stress, poor school performance, poor self-esteem and, in some cases, school violence. Statistics show that 160,000 children in the United States miss school each day as a result of being bullied.

"Teachers and parents can play a critical role in creating a climate where bullying is not tolerated. When adults and children stand together, bullying ends."

For more information, visit www.PACERKidsAgainst Bullying.org.

Elks Lodge hosts Americanism contest

Craig Elks Lodge 1577 is sponsoring "Why I am proud to be an American," an essay contest for students in fifth to eighth grades.

The contest is judged in two divisions -- fifth- and sixth-graders in one and seventh- and eighth-graders in another.

The top three essays from each division will move on to the district chairperson, and the top three selected at that level will be forwarded to the state chairperson.

The essays that take the top spot at the state competition will move on to the national competition and a chance at a $500 savings bond.

Second and third place will receive bonds for $300 and $200, respectively.

The essays can't exceed 250 words, must be written in ink and include the youth's name, address, grade, school and sponsoring lodge.

Deadline for entries is Jan. 10.

Judging criteria include originality, development of theme, and mechanics and neatness.

For information, call Dora Watson at 824-2251.

Daily Press staff

Red Ribbon Week is a nationally observed awareness campaign held annually the last week in October.

Snake River Citizens Against Drugs is sponsoring local activities to recognize the week.

Dress-up days for Little Snake River Valley Schools students are:

Monday -- "Shade Out Drugs Day," wear a favorite pair of sunglasses

Tuesday -- "Sock It To Drugs Day," put on a pair of red or wild colored socks

Wednesday -- "Living Drug-free is No Sweat," wear sweat clothes or flannels

Thursday -- "Give Drugs the Slip Day," Get comfortable in a pair of slippers

Friday --"Tie One On Against Drugs Day," wear a tie with a red shirt.

Community members are encouraged to wear red all week.

In addition, CAD presents Robert Keney, a 21-year-old recovering methamphetamine addict from Cheyenne, Wyo., on Wednesday to local schools and residents.

The public is invited to the 6 p.m. presentation on Wednesday at the education center, 460 Whippoorwhill St., Baggs.

For more information on Red Ribbon Week or CAD, call Christy Stocks at (307) 383-6861.

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