A column by Wendi Reardon
February 16, 2011 - Clarkston High School's LEAD Program held Random Acts of Kindness throughout last week.
It was a way to tackle the growing bully issue in schools across the nation.
During the week the students performed random acts of kindness, raised money for Leukemia Foundation and stepped out of their box to talk to students outside their social circle.
Did anything change? A few said they noticed a difference.
I guess the bigger question would be – is there a bullying issue in Clarkston?
We posed the question on our Clarkston News' Facebook site a few months ago where we received responses saying "yes." Some did say "no."
Sadly it does happen – no matter what administration or the district says. It is part of the school dynamic. It could be hidden or it can be plainly in sight for everyone to see especially on all the social networks.
Plus, is it just me or have bullies gotten meaner?
Oh, I had my fair share of teasing and avoiding certain people in middle school and high school. But either it is being seen more in the media or the people are just getting meaner to each other.
I hope Random Acts of Kindness opened students' eyes and it transformed to an every day occurrence. Clarkston students are good kids. I am sure it did.
No one needs to deal with it - no one.
So I close with this, put it on a sticky note and carry it around.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." Thanks for the great quote, Dr. Seuss.
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Keeping on the school subject - I am very excited to announce I am taking my niece to Clarkston High School Drama Club's Cinderella on Saturday.
She is 4-years-old now and I think she will enjoy it. She enjoys princesses and knows all the Disney Princesses by name. She will also like the dancing.
Plus, the cast's excitement talking about the costumes, the sets and the scenes was contagious. I want to see what the students have been working on.
Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and a matinee on Saturday. Call 248-623-4024 for tickets!
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.