South Western talks about bullying with Be the Change

Students roaming the halls of South Western schools this month might have seen posters touting a simple message:


"Let's be the kid who can get along. Be the kid who's kind. Be the kid who is happy for other people. Be the kid who does the right thing. Be the nice kid. Be the change that makes the world a better place."

Be the Change, a Pennsylvania nonprofit that works with school systems and parents on bullying solutions, gifted these posters to the district in preparation for its Community Forum on Bullying and Cyberbullying.

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The forum, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the high school auditorium, will feature guest speakers, local police, administrators, organizations and therapy dogs — and York County District Attorney Dave Sunday will discuss the launch of a new state anti-cyberbullying program.

South Western partnered with Be the Change — which became a nonprofit this February — over the summer, and school board president Vanessa Berger called its message "flawless." 

It sums up the district's view in words everyone can understand, whether in kindergarten or seventh grade, she said.

For more information on the forum, visit the district's Facebook page.