Preventing Bullying on the School Bus

About a third of students ages 12 to 18 in the United States reported being bullied, according to the Department of Education. Children who are bullied experience depression and anxiety, reduced self-esteem, changes to eating and sleeping patterns, and decreased academic achievement.

But the negative impacts of bullying don’t stop there. Bystanders who witness bullying are at increased risk of drug and tobacco use, have increased risk for depression and anxiety, and are more likely to skip school. Bullies are more likely to abuse drugs, engage in earlier sexual activity, drop out of school, and abuse their spouses, children and others later in life.

Bullying is a serious issue that impacts everyone involved. Addressing it early and working to create a bully-free environment can positively change students’ lives.

Where Bus Drivers Fit in to Stop Bullying

Bullying isn’t limited to the classroom or the schoolyard. Of those who reported bullying, 8 percent said the bullying took place on a school bus.

According to a survey of education support professionals (ESPs) by National Education Association (NEA), bus drivers consider bullying to be a bigger problem than many of their ESP peers. Bus drivers are more likely than other ESPs to witness bullying, and many said they witnessed it several times a month.

What’s more, even when bullying did not occur on the bus, bus drivers were 36 percent more likely to receive reports of bullying, from both students and parents.

Clearly, bus drivers have a significant role to play in creating an environment that does not tolerate bullying. And according to the survey, they’re ready to step up: 92 percent of bus drivers surveyed indicated they feel it’s their responsibility to intervene when they witness bullying.

And yet, while most drivers were aware their school districts had bullying policies in place, 56 percent said they had received no training on it. In fact, more than two-thirds of bus drivers expressed they would like more training on how to address various bullying scenarios.

NEA recommends bus drivers take advantage of online training courses, and ask their school district for training on current bullying intervention and prevention policies.

Here are some tips to set a foundation for a safe, bully-free bus:

Intervening with Bullying

  • Maintain an assertive and calm demeanor
  • Start with verbal warnings, using the name of the student doing the bullying
  • If the behavior continues, call the school or dispatcher to report it
  • If you feel you must, stop the bus to address the situation
  • Never argue with a student who is bullying, or try to convince them
  • Move affected students to new, safe seats
  • Talk to other school staff about the incident

Preventing Bullying

  • Establish a positive environment on the bus by being clear, fair and consistent about rules
  • Learn students’ names and get to know them (even students who bully). Introduce yourself to them so they know yours, too.
  • Notice when students do something positive, and recognize them for it
  • Submit positive bus referrals

Together, we can work toward a bully-free environment

Bullying is a serious problem that has serious consequences for all who are involved. But by working together to establish a safe and positive school experience for all children in every space they inhabit, we reduce bullying and work toward bully-free educational environments.

Awareables: Donating Your Spare Change

Awareness t-shirts are a fantastic way to show your support for important causes and campaigns that raise awareness. WorkPlacePro® is your source for all your awareness t-shirts and other apparel items which can be customized to fit your group or workplace, and with every order of 12 or more tees, personalization is free!

However, here at WorkPlacePro®, we are more than just an apparel company: we aim to not only raise awareness of these issues, but to actively support them. That’s why we have introduced the new donation system.

When you purchase ANY of our products, you have the option of rounding up your purchase to donate to one of three select charities. By rounding your purchase to the nearest dollar, you can donate the difference to the charity of your choice! This checkout process allows you to donate your spare change, to support organizations which are making a difference in your community, and in your country.

 

 

The following, are the three charities that we support:

 

National Autism Association®

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The National Autism Association provides education and resources to keep children and adults with Autism safe from things such as bullying and abuse in the public and private sphere. The association is a parent-run not-for-profit organization which was founded in 2003 and aims to be the leading voice on many issues, including those related to autism safety, autism abuse and crisis prevention.

With over 1.6 million online members, the National Autism Association responds to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing assistance and hope to those with autism, and their families.

 

National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.®

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Founded in 1991 by a breast cancer survivor, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide education about breast health, breast cancer and the importance of early detection, as well as providing support services to those affected by breast cancer.

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making it one of the leading health crises in the United States, and the Western world. While there is no known cure for breast cancer, early diagnoses is critical, which is why the National Breast Cancer Foundation provides free screening in all 50 states, and free programs for women facing breast cancer.

 

American Cancer Society®

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This nationwide, community –based health organization aims to enhance wellness, and help people to maintain that wellness while also striving to find cures and treatments that will save lives.

The American Cancer Society, along with millions of supporters, is committed to ridding the world, and individual lives, of cancer and has offices all over the United States to ensure that its presence is known and available in every community. The organization is dedicated to research, education, advocacy and service to all those who are affected by cancer.

 

These three organizations all strive to make this world a better place through education and support for those who need it. By choosing to round your purchase at checkout, you will donate to one of these three worthy charities.

Let your small change, make a big difference!

Relay For Life

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The Relay for Life is a cornerstone fundraising event organized by the American Cancer Society. This overnight walk/run event is sure to challenge and inspire.

It’s also a great way to support the fight against cancer.

Relay for Life brings 4 million people together each year across 20 countries to fight against cancer with funds to promote awareness, research and treatment.

What to expect
Relay for Life is an overnight event, often stretching for 24 hours in total, and usually takes place on a running track. Teams work together to keep a representative walking or running on the track at all times during the event—because cancer never sleeps.

Meanwhile, participants and supporters camp out along the sidelines as they celebrate survivors, remember those lost, and fight back by raising awareness and funds for the cause.

Take a lap
Every Relay for Life event starts with three walks around the track. The first lap is a Survivor Lap—cancer survivors are invited to walk together around the track to celebrate that they have overcome the disease. For the second lap, caregivers for cancer patients are honored as they walk together. In the third lap, all team members are invited to take to the track to kick off the Relay together. 

Other traditions
The Relay for Life is more than a fitness accomplishment—it challenges and inspires. Throughout the night, teams and others support the walkers while partaking in family games, activites and entertainment.

One popular activity that often takes place during a Relay for Life event is a Luminaria Ceremony. During this nighttime activity, participants light candles and/or luminaria bags to remember those who passed away from cancer, as well as those who are fighting it now.

The event closes with the Fight Back Ceremony. During this closing ceremony, All team members take a final lap together, and pledge to take action to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, treatments and prevention.

Help fight back against cancer
With events in more than 5,200 communities all over teh world each year, Relay for Life raises over $400 million annually for American Cancer Society’s life-saving work to prevent and treat cancers of all kinds.

Are you ready to Relay? Find a Relay for Life event near you here.

Climb Stairs For Cancer Awareness

What burns twice as many calories as running and offers a more complete body workout? Climbing stairs.

Many are finding the challenge of a stair climb race to be more exhilarating than a typical run, and it’s rising in popularity as a competitive sport around the world—it’s even in the Olympics.

What to give it a try? Nonprofits are jumping on board to take advantage of this growing trend for fundraisers. As a result, there are stair climb events popping up all over the place that not only offer a great fitness challenge, but also let you give back to a great cause. Among them are many that nonprofits dedicating to fighting against cancer.

Here are a few of the most popular and most interesting:

Fight for Air Climb
If you’re looking for an opportunity close to home, the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb takes place at locations all over the country. Hosted in skyscrapers, stadiums, and arenas, Fight for Air Climb events raised over $7 million last year for health education, research and advocacy for lung-related diseased, including lung cancer.

Outclimb Cancer Challenge
Huntsman Cancer Foundation organizes Salt Lake City’s annual Outclimb Cancer Challenge at the 24-story Wells Fargo Center. A great event for both competitive climbers and beginners, this event lets you scale the event to your fitness level by letting you decide how many stories to climb (and how many times you want to reach the top!).

Big Climb Seattle – Climb. Conquer. Cure.
The Big Climb Seattle event for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is an extremely popular one—the 2015 event sold out in just nine hours! It takes place at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, which boasts status as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi.

Stair Climbing Australia Race Series
If you want to get adventurous, consider the Stair Climbing Australia Race Series. These races for competitive stair climbers will take you all over the country, with challenges like climbing 100 flights of stairs at the Sydney Tower Eye and the Sea to Sky Challenge at Australia’s tallest building. Each race supports a good cause, including cancer.

Hustle up the Hancock
This race up Chicago’s iconic Hancock Building, known for its stellar views of the city’s skyline, offers a great incentive to hurry up all 94 floors. But if that’s just too many steps for you, there is also a half-climb option that stops at the 52nd floor. Each step helps support research and education to fight against lung disease via the Respiratory Health Association, including lung cancer. At the 2015 event, participants collectively climbed an estimated 1.5 million steps.

Step Up for a Good Cause
Are you ready to step up to the challenge of a stair climb for cancer? It’s a sport that’s on the rise, and a challenging alternative to the usual fundraiser run that’s sure to whip you into shape. To get started, check out these training tips. Then, get climbing!

With stair climbing’s rising popularity, odds are there’s one near you. But if not, consider starting your own.

Cancer Awareness Dates for Fall 2015

Right now, the sun is bright and the temps may be sweltering, but fall is just around the corner. As you pull out those trunks of sweaters and shop for kids’ back-to-school supplies, don’t forget that fall is also a season full of awareness events for important causes.

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Make note of these important dates now so you don’t miss the chance to contribute to these important awareness initiatives! Follow the links to learn more about each cause and what you can do to spread the word.

September

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
The loss of a young life is utterly heartbreaking. And yet, relative to other causes, childhood cancer is often pushed aside from the limelight, and research is largely underfunded.

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
This initiative focuses on the five types of cancer to women’s reproductive organs. All women are at risk, and that risk increases with age.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
Both cancers of the blood and bone, these two cancers are responsible for an estimated 21,000-plus deaths each year, according to the American Cancer Society.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Perfectly in line with Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, this initiative focuses specifically on cancer of the ovaries.

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Men’s cancer issues need awareness, too. Prostate cancer is complex and has many subtypes.

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
In 2014, the Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., announced a record number of 62,980 thyroid cancer diagnoses.

October

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Possibly the most popular awareness initiative of the season! But this important cause still needs your support.

There are several one-day events connected to this awareness initiative during the month:

  • October 16: National Mammography Day
    Mammographies can catch breast cancer early and save lives. This event lands on the third Friday of October each year.
  • October 13: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
    Metastatis is when cancer spreads from one part of the body into others. This is what causes deaths from breast cancer.

Liver Cancer Awareness Month
Cancer of the liver is the fifth most common type of cancer in the world.

November

Lung Cancer Awareness Month
The Lung Cancer Alliance expects this year’s initiative to include over 125 events in three continents.

National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
With almost a million new cases of stomach cancer diagnosed each year, it’s the second leading cause of cancer death, according to No Stomach for Cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
In the United States, the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is just six percent.

Fall is a busy season with many good causes to get behind. Take a little time to explore each, and spread the word to help others do the same. Together, we can all learn more, prevent and reduce the impact of cancers of all kinds, and save lives.

Most Popular Summer Runs for Breast Cancer Awareness

Every two minutes, another woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States, according to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The good news is, there’s tons of ways to show your support and help raise funds, so we can all fight back to reduce the number of breast cancer victims. One of the best ways to do it is with a race.

Races raise funds while also inspiring people to get in shape and enjoy the outdoors—an especially great goal in these sunny summer months!

Whether you want to walk a few miles or take on an extreme fitness challenge, there’s a race out there for you. Here are some of the most popular summer races for runners and walkers who want to get moving in support of breast cancer:

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
As the largest network of breast cancer awareness events across the nation, it’s likely that at least one of the 300 annual event locations is somewhere near you. These noncompetitive three- to five-mile walks are an uplifting experience focused on community and support. By participating, you can help breast cancer patients and support education and prevention efforts.

AVON 39
This two-day, 39.4-mile walk isn’t kidding when it describes the race as a challenge. But AVON promises that along the way, “you’ll crush fear, doubt and breast cancer.” Not a bad trade-off for one weekend of effort. This summer, races will take place in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, with even more walks coming to additional locations across the country throughout the year.

Susan G Komen 3-Day
Branded as “the journey of a lifetime” and “the biggest thing you can do to help end breast cancer forever,” the three-day walk organized by Susan G. Komen is much more than a race—it’s a 60-mile, soulful retreat. Many who have made the journey attest to the incredible bonds they forge along the way. If you want to fight breast cancer and gain inspiring connections along the way, this one’s for you.

Race for the Cure
If you’re looking for a faster pace or shorter time investment, try Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure 5K run/walk. The popular race has been around for over 30 years and has grown to include over a million participants each year across four continents. The race welcomes people of all fitness levels, and has locations all over the country.

Tough Mudder
If you want to go all-in for an extreme fitness challenge, sign up for one of the Tough Mudder 10-12-mile obstacle courses. It’s not specifically affiliated with a breast cancer organization, but you can make sure your registration supports one by registering to run for Breast Cancer Care.

A Run for Every Style
Regardless of your pace, goals and fundraising style, there’s a breast cancer race out there for you. Along the way, you’ll make new friends, get in better shape, and enjoy the sunny summer weather. When you run to support breast cancer or other causes, everybody wins.