Oct 7th, 2013
LAKE WALES – Bok Academy students put their best foot forward Monday (Oct.7) to stomp out bullying.
Oct. 7 is the official Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention 2013. For the second year, Bok Academy’s entire student body of 560 students turned up in a wave of blue shirts including many with custom messages and images designed by the students themselves.
Principal Damien Moses kicked off the rally by introducing former Bok teacher and current Lake Wales High staff member Stacey Butcher, who was the rally’s guest speaker.
Guidance counselor Leanne Thrift learned about the StompOutBullying.org initiative last year, and organized awareness activities in 2012 and 2013 at Bok Academy. During the rally, Thrift talked to students about kinds of bullying, and gave them facts and figures about bullying in schools. She also reminded them about the safeguards at Bok to stop bullying.
Today’s rally included a performance of “Stand Up” by the Bok Chorus; and a visit from the Lake Wales High Step Team. Other anti-bullying awareness activities will continue through the month of October.
PHOTO #1: The Bok Chorus sings “Stand Up” with lead singers (l-r) Deja Hall, Ali DesRoach, Kayla Koski and Catie-Charlotte Warren. “Stand Up” was made popular by the band Sugarland.
PHOTO #2: Bok student Jeremy Stray wears a custom-created shirt for Stomp Out Bullying Day.
PHOTO #3: Bok students (l-r) Karen Moses, Madison Mullis and Emily Hilligoss.
PHOTO #4: Bok students (l-r) Catie-Charlotte Warren and Ali DesRoach wear blue shirts for Stomp Out Bullying Day. Both girls also performed lead singing roles with the Bok Chorus.
PHOTO #5: Deija Smith (left) and Azalea Spence before the Stomp Out Bullying rally at Bok Academy.
PHOTO #6: Stacey Butcher speaks to students while Principal Damien Moses (far left) watches.