We’re all in this to­gether

Cousins hosts tol­er­ance work­shop

The Covington News - - School Beat -

Cousins Mid­dle School Me­dia Cen­ter was the site for We’re All In This To­gether Work­shop.

The work­shop, which shares its name with the pop­u­lar “High School Mu­si­cal,” was de­signed to raise aware­ness and in­crease sen­si­tiv­ity to those who may have learn­ing dif­fer­ences in their school. March 3 through 7 was Ex­cep­tional Child Week in ob­ser­vance of spe­cial needs stu­dents.

The work­shop in­cluded a power point pre­sen­ta­tion along with role play­ing and interactive ac­tiv­i­ties.

Stu­dents learned about vis­i­ble (such as wheel­chairs or crutches) and in­vis­i­ble (such as autism or dyslexia) dis­abil­i­ties and what they might do to con­nect with fel­low stu­dents. Stu­dents learned that all peo­ple have chal­lenges and that with help in­di­vid­u­als can be suc­cess­ful. Stu­dents shared their strengths and weak­nesses and saw that ev­ery­one does not have the same strength and weak­ness. If they took the time, they re­al­ized that they might be able to as­sist an­other with what they lacked or ex­cel. They rec­og­nized some neg­a­tive be­hav­iors or hurt­ful words that can get in the way of be­friend­ing an­other per­son.

The work­shop ended with stu­dents mak­ing a pa­per chain link with a writ­ten state­ment of what they could start that day and con­tinue for the rest of the year to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence at Cousins among the whole stu­dent body. The links will be dis­played around bul­letin boards near the six­th­grade wing.

“The hope and goal is that stu­dents will make the op­por­tu­nity to get to know oth­ers and ap­pre­ci­ate dif­fer­ences rather than make them a rea­son to sep­a­rate from oth­ers that may ap­pear dif­fer­ently,” said Lord.

A sam­pling of stu­dents com­ments in­cluded, “Get to know all the other peo­ple that we don’t know,” “Treat oth­ers the way you want to be treated,” “Be nice and change the way I say and do things,” “Not make fun of peo­ple that are dif­fer­ent from you or not look as good as you based on pop­u­lar­ity or any­thing else.”

Stu­dents were given Web site re­sources if they were in­ter­ested to learn more about dis­abil­i­ties. The pre­sen­ters also of­fered to an­swer any ques­tions that stu­dents may have af­ter the work­shop. For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Sharon Lord at SharonALord@aol.com or reach Ms. Weirich at Cousins.

Palmer-Stone stu­dents of the month

Palmer-Stone El­e­men­tary School an­nounces its stu­dents of the month for Fe­bru­ary.

Pre-K Ni­cole Wo­mack, Meredith McCrorey; kinder­garten Samyria Barnes, Daryl Wil­liams, Macken­zie Nix, Claire Rob­bins, Madi­son Spigner, Zikyra Nol­ley, Chloe Henderson; first grade Austin Frix, An­gel Poss, Ari­ana Griggs, Ri­ley Cooper, Bre­anna Mad­dox, Lani Daniel, Sa­man­tha Cooper; sec­ond grade Am­ber Gar­ner, Grayson Eady, Han­nah Mosley, Karo­line Fo­man, Ryk­er­ria Roul­hac, Tae­shawn Miller, third grade Au­tumn Saun­ders, Sedrick Adeleke, Ash­lee Childers, Zach Kin­non, Jolei Floyd, Fletcher Stamps; fourth grade Leah Fincher, Ta­mara Tigner, Tyree Ligon, Olivia Lump­kin; fifth grade Philip Rowe, Favour Nwachuku, Bren­don Chad­wick, Corinthia Jor­dan, Ash­lynn Cook; and Au­tumn Philpot, Natalie Wal­drop, Tyree

Sub­mit­ted photo

Cousins Mid­dle School stu­dents Jenna Hicks, left, and Alex Moore help school coun­selor Jena Weirich dur­ing the We’re All in this To­gether work­shop.

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