WARREN, NJ - Each week, Warren Middle School students and staff will nominate one student who has been an Upstander, a person who demonstrates kindness, compassion and caring to another student, especially in standing up for someone who is in danger of being bullied. And this week's middle school Upstander: 8th grader Jackie Harrison for "always being kind and considerate to everyone, whether she knows you or not!"
"I attended an anti-bullying conference sponsored by the New York Jets this summer," says teacher Lynn Degen. "It was an amazing conference but the best part was the end of the conference when they gave participating teachers a kit with which to reward students who are Upstanders in their community." Each 'Upstander" winner receives a t-shirt, bumper sticker and three tickets to a Jets home game.
Watchung Hills Regional High School graduates Monica Mahal and Sarah Decker began fighting bullying by encouraging their peers to be upstanders and working to raise awareness by joining Senator Kean’s effort to add “upstander” to the dictionary and last year, Oxford added the word Upstander to the dictionary.
Senator Tom Kean Jr. posted, "I was so inspired by the anti-bullying initiatives at Watchung Hills Regional High School that I sponsored a bill urging Oxford to take action. Very proud of the local students who never gave up this fight. Hard work pays off!"
"Led by teachers Jamie Lott-Jones and Mary Sok, Watchung Hills Regional High School has become a model for Facing History and Ourselves partnerships. In a school of 2,200 students, Jamie and Mary's classrooms have become incubators for creating upstanders, said Peter Nelson, FHAO Director. Watchung Hills students have led the effort to get the word upstander in the dictionary and in 2013 created ‘White Out,’ a district-wide effort to raise awareness of bullying and promote tolerance.”