Cow­boys visit stu­dents with anti-bul­ly­ing mes­sage

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey

Did you know cow­boys think read­ing is im­por­tant and that bul­ly­ing is no good? The Cham­pion Cow­boys vis­ited all the el­e­men­tary schools in Span­ish Fork and the ju­nior high schools across Nebo School Dis­trict re­cently where they en­ter­tained stu­dents with pow­er­ful mes­sages.

JJ Har­ri­son, Joe But­ler, the Fi­esta Days Rodeo Queens, Span­ish Fork Police of­fi­cers and city of­fi­cials de­lighted stu­dents in a ro­bust read­ing assem­bly with the theme, “Don’t be a Bull-y! Be a Cham­pion!”

Rodeo clown JJ Har­ri­son and bull­fighter Joe But­ler don’t kid around when it comes to bul­ly­ing. JJ taught stu­dents how to “buck bul­lies out of their lives” and to be a Bull-y Blocker. There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween bul­ly­ing and sim­ple teas­ing. Bul­ly­ing is re­peated ag­gres­sive be­hav­ior with an im­bal­ance of power. He of­fered five steps stu­dents could take to en­sure they are not act­ing like bul­lies.

1. Treat oth­ers the way you want to be treated. 2. Be cour­te­ous and po­lite. 3. Lis­ten to what oth­ers have to say. 4. Don’t in­sult peo­ple, make fun of them or call them names.

5. Don’t judge peo­ple be­fore you get to know them.

But what should some­one do if they think they are be­ing bul­lied? TELL! Tell some­one — any­one — ev­ery­one un­til they get the help they need. Stu­dents can go to teach­ers, coun­selors or any per­son in the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice with their con­cerns.

Har­ri­son’s and But­ler’s sec­ond mes­sage was, “It’s im­por­tant to read!” Stu­dents that met their read­ing goal for the month of March got his or her name in a draw­ing where one stu­dent from each grade will re­ceive two tick­ets to at­tend the rodeo. Out of those stu­dents, two lucky stu­dents will be drawn to re­ceive a pair of Justin boots. All of the win­ners will get to meet real rodeo cow­boys.

Har­ri­son showed off his rodeo skills by rop­ing var­i­ous teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors. Come and watch more cow­boy skills at The Cham­pion Chal­lenge Rodeo to be held on June 4 at the Span­ish Fork Fair­grounds. Get your tick­ets now at www.span­ish­fork.org.

Rodeo clown JJ Har­ri­son shows off his rop­ing skills as part of a tour of cow­boys that vis­ited Span­ish Fork el­e­men­tary schools and Nebo School Dis­trict ju­nior high schools. The visi­tors en­cour­aged stu­dents not to bully oth­ers.

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