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BPA taking steps to prevent bullying

Students in Gateway Technical College’s Business Professionals of America group believe bullying is a problem in schools today – and they’re taking steps to help prevent it.

Those steps include a skit and other messages provided to Kenosha Unified School District students in an effort to educate them about bullying prevention – and provide them with the tools to do something about it. For some, that may be realizing how their words and actions impact others, while others will take home lessons and skills they can use to prevent bullying from taking place in their schools.

Bullying “is a major issue in education today, and we believe it was important to address it,” said BPA club member Michelle Sauceda. “This is a great community service project.”

BPA members annually take on a different community project to further their leadership skills, and Sauceda said anti-bullying quickly topped their list this year – based on part from a story relayed to them from a fellow student whose child was bullied in school.

After deciding this was their cause, BPA members spoke with KUSD educators who quickly convinced them the idea was a good one, and they would involve their students as part of the interactive skits and workshops.

“They are very aggressive about preventing bullying,” Sauceda said. “They told us that for them to be able to bring elementary school students to the campus, to see the college setting and have college students talk to them about preventing bullying would be formidable.

“Hopefully, this will strike a chord that will ripple out through the community.”

KUSD students already have attended a few of the events on the Gateway campus, which include a skit, videos and hands-on activities to show children the negative impact bullying has on others.

Business programs Dean Manoj Babu said he’s excited by the project because it shows students the effect they can have on a community, as well as gaining leadership skills along the way. “It’s a great cause they are working on, and it shows students that what they can take away from college is more than just a degree – they have the ability to affect a community’s future.”