To celebrate Kids at Hope Day 2014, Oak Hammock K-8 School implemented an anti-bullying campaign from November through January that empowers all Treasure Hunters and students to find the treasures in all members of the school community. Our personal rendition of the 2014 Kids at Hope theme: “Everyone a Treasure Hunter: Be the ONE to Stand up to Bullying!”

This campaign kicked off with a “Hats Off to You” fundraiser, where students and staff paid $1 to wear a hat on campus. Students were asked to identify their own talents, skills, and intelligence, as well as the treasures in their friends and family.

Next was a school-wide reading of the book One, by Kathryn Otoshi in each classroom. One is a simple yet powerful anti-bullying picture book that has many levels of meaning, making it accessible to students from Pre-K through 8th grade.

Then in January, staff will be trained on strategies to help students mentally time travel to the four destinations. Students’ and staff’s future dreams will be shared to further support connecting across our school community and see the treasures in one another.

We will be closing our campaign with the school-wide signing of a pledge to be a Treasure Hunter by seizing Moments of Truth to stand up against bullying. Students who agree to be the ONE to stand up to bullying will sign the pledge and receive a blue dot sticker as a symbol of their commitment to being a Treasure Hunter for others.

Hailey Mack, Mikey D'Andria, Jenny Nguyen, & Caden Deis stand next to the bulletin board created in band. Students focused on individual talents and compared it to how, just as in music, many different notes come together to create a masterpiece.

Hailey Mack, Mikey D’Andria, Jenny Nguyen, & Caden Deis stand next to the bulletin board created in band. Students focused on individual talents and compared it to how, just as in music, many different notes come together to create a masterpiece.