Kelly Misch, 440-285-4052, ext. 409
School celebrates unity
On Oct. 23, Chardon Middle School participated for the first time in Unity Day, which was officially established by the PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006. The Geauga Lyric Theater Guild and CMS both joined the cause this year. Bullying Prevention Month, which takes place in October, raises awareness about the effects of childhood bullying.
CMS Principal Timothy Velotta expressed gratitude for Drama Club Advisor Julie Douglass as well as staff and parents who were involved.
The CMS Drama Club performed a mini musical, “Bullies Anonymous,” for each grade level of the school on Unity Day. As part of those public performances, several CMS student volunteers in grades four through seven read essays they had written.
“Performing for Unity Day was a wonderful experience,” said Charlotte Jons, 13, an eighth-grade student at Chardon High School and a member of the CMS Drama Club. “Our show acknowledged that people have been bullied but shared ways to help.”
In order to raise awareness of Unity Day throughout the Chardon community, CMS provided participating retailers with signs and posters, orange ribbons, bookmarks and pencils.
CMS also hosted a Unity Fair on Oct. 23 with a variety of interactive centers for all student involvement. The Unity Fair had takeaway messages from lessons learned through the show and a collaborative artwork activity.
“Unity Day was an amazing opportunity for students to learn from other students and to reinforce our motto that CMS is ‘Caring, Mindful and Solution-focused,’” said Principal Velotta.