By Taylor Lambert
To raise awareness about bullying on campus, Benicia High has made the decision to sell Anti-Bullying shirts for $10 dollars.
Principal Brianna Kleinshmidt has said that money produced by the shirts is being put towards the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) funds. The shirts are orange and if enough are sold, the money may go to anti-bullying organizations, or go towards awareness assemblies.
The school is planning future events so that awareness will spread beyond just October, which is National Bullying Awareness month. At the September staff meeting, staff were taught more about bullying, how to prevent it, and how to address it in a school setting.
The school made an effort to make the cost of the shirts as low as possible; shirts are made for $7 so the profit isn’t extensive. Cheaper products are being considered and may make an appearance at the next anti-bullying event. Additionally, Benicia High continues to support the development of Sources of Strength. Sources of Strength is an organization on campus that helps with bullying, mental health, physical health, and they provide outlets for anyone needing a little extra help mentally or otherwise.
While currently there are no anti-bullying assemblies planned, the Benicia High School administration continues to look for and review possible programs to benefit our school. Clubs are also available on campus to raise awareness and prevent bullying. These along with the shirts are just a few ways that the school is pushing for a more accepting and kind learning environment.