By Caroline Capriccio, Youth Development Specialist
During the first week of March, Carteret Middle School students and staff participated in Say Something Week.
The program, created by non-profit organization the Sandy Hook Promise, teaches students to recognize and speak up about warning signs or threats of potential violence. This program empowers students to say something before a tragedy can occur.
Say Something's call to action teaches students three vital steps to becoming an upstander: recognize warning signs and threats, act immediately and say something to a trusted adult.
Students who are a part of Be the Change, a leadership and community service club created by staff members of The Path, organized an interactive cafeteria event. The club members asked students to sign a pledge poster to speak up to prevent violence. They also had students spin a wheel and answer questions to win a prize. Questions included why speaking up was important, what warning signs looked like, and if they were able to identify a trusted adult.
Teachers and administration also participated in the event. They signed a poster to let students know that they could be considered trusted adults. The poster was displayed at the front entrance of the school to remind students that they can turn to school staff when they see signs of violence.