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August 4, 2014

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Jan. 23, 2012

Golding highlights effects of name-calling

“Fat.”
“Geek.”
“Ugly.”
“Loser.”
“Suck up.”

All name calling can hurt.

That is the message Cobleskill-Richmondville students are hearing this week as part of Golding Middle School’s “No Name-Calling Week.”

While name calling is never tolerated at Golding, the administration and staff annually plan a week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds in an out of school and providing students with the tools to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.

“The program promotes positive behavior and shows how name-calling can hurt kids,” Assistant Principal Mr. Jeff Klenk said.

No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel, "The Misfits," by popular author, James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and how they express themselves.

No Name-Calling Week and the novel are targeted at grades five through eight—years when the problem of name-calling and bullying is particularly acute.

“The Golding Middle School community is doing its part to show the negative consequences of name-calling and bullying and how respecting others can make you a better person,” Klenk said.

Golding students are encouraged to read the novel and relate the content to their lives as middle schoolers. Other activities scheduled for this week include:

• A poster contest featuring anti-name-calling and anti-bullying designs.

• Morning announcements that address name-calling situations and how to be a positive influence in our school.

• Classroom discussions about bullying and name-calling.