TREVORTON — Students at Line Mountain Elementary School in Trevorton know what bullying is and trust teachers in the school district.
Following an anti-bully assembly on Tuesday morning, Jeremy Rubenstein of Box Out Bullying said data collected from the district from a survey of third- and fourth-grade students shows that the elementary school is an "outlier" when compared to thousands of other students of similar ages across the nation.
"This school is fantastic," Rubenstein said. "The data doesn't lie. It could be an example for other schools in the country. The students know what bullying is, what the expectations are, they trust teachers. The principal sets the tone of the schools, so I'm asking for more information for what they're doing that's working."
Principal Jeanne Menko said the district has partnered with Penn State University's A Team Approach for the third year in a row. Project TEAM prepares students to focus on teamwork and leadership, allows them to earn tickets based on positive behaviors and expands into career development.
Box Out Bullying, which tours nationally, uses interactive live theater, audience participation and proven effective anti-bullying techniques to capture the attention of all students. Students learned by seeing, listening and doing, which produces better results in message retention than using a video, a book or lecturer. Students laughed, cheered and participated as Rubenstein and Box Out partner Andrew Burdette hosted two assemblies for students in kindergarten through fourth grade.
Box Out Bullying includes a dynamic live theater performance, research-based curricula, and follow-up resource materials. This all combines to offer students, educators, and parents the tools they need to make their school safe and free from bullying.
"Bullying affects not just the school, but the community," said Rubenstein. "We specialize in getting everyone on the same page. For something as serious as bullying, you can't send mixed messages."
Cade Feger, 8, a second-grade student from Herndon, said he learned that bullying "is when you are doing something bad to someone more than once."
He said he wants to help people who are bullied or tell a teacher when he sees bullying.
Rubenstein and Burdette taught the students that bullying is wrong, that students should help others and show empathy for others, include students who feel left out and tell an adult at school or home if bullying is taking place.