11/20/2013 5:19 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - A Raleigh County elementary school was colored blue Wednesday, but rather than being sad, they're standing up to bullies.
In honor of Bullying Prevention Day, teachers, students and administration at Stanaford Elementary School in Beckley wore blue T-shirts to promote friendship and kindness.
"We think reading is important -- math and writing," said school guidance counselor Judy Farley. "I'm an old first grade teacher, but we also believe that getting along, learning coping skills -- if we can start early with these students, they can apply them and we can use them later on in life, and that's why we're teaching are life skills."
The group is hoping efforts to prevent the bad behavior will make every day a peaceful day. The school also holds weekly assemblies to talk about making friends, how to join a group and how to resolve a fight.
"If you bully, it puts others down, and you try to make yourself feel better, but really it doesn't," fifth grader Jay Wilkerson said. "You think it helps, but it really doesn't."
Fifth grader Katelyn Cornett said it's important to treat others with respect.
"I know I'd be a true friend, and it makes the world a better place when you have true friends, and it makes other people feel bad, and that's the last thing I want to do," she said.