Pictured below Mariah Andrews, Bill Hayes, Tyler Kerns, Sarah Young, Kelsey Potter, Dr. Bartlette, Nikki Shackles, Adrienne Hurlow, Lane Roberts.
The students at Buckeye Hills Career Center have taken notice of the bullying and school violence that has been in the news over the past few months. The SkillsUSA Chapter has worked on a year-long anti-bullying campaign. The project began by partnering with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Montgomery spoke to the SkillsUSA members about the laws that apply in Ohio. Then the SkillsUSA officers traveled to Columbus to hear speaker Erahm Christopher, who has developed a curriculum called “Teen Truth.” The video shows clips from the worst high school shooting, Columbine. As part of a SkillsUSA meeting, the video, along with statistics, was shown to the Buckeye Hills student body. Next, the students became the teachers. The team used the Teen Truth activities to get the students talking about what they consider bullying and how to deal with bullies. The students also participated in a survey. To wrap up the campaign, Buckeye Hills invited Dr. Don Bartlette to give a presentation that described bullying in various aspects to the student body.
Dr. Don Bartlette is a full time public speaker who travels extensively sharing several presentations related to his life story, "Macaroni at Midnight,” an autobiographical profile of his childhood. He is Native American, married and the father of 7 daughters and one son. For nearly 40 years, he has spoken all over North America and other countries. He has been featured on radio and television programs and his life story has been portrayed in a stage drama and a song.