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Council-Sponsored Grant Activities:
Self Advocacy – Ambassadors for Respect Anti-Bullying Campaign

Ambassadors for Repect

On March 1, 2016, the Anti-Bully Campaign began a new project year. Three sessions were held at Cowern Elementary School with a total of 62 students and five teachers. A sample of student comments included:

"I liked that you taught me to be strong and let no one let you down."

"Don't listen to what everyone else says, Believe in yourself."

"I like how you guys helped us with bullying and hurtful words that can be offensive."

"It was a great experience and so encouraging."

Ambassadors for Respect
Ambassadors for Respect

March 4, 2015

Three sessions were held at Vadnais Heights Elementary School with a total of 78 students and six teachers. A sample of student comments included:

"Thank you for telling us how to not bully and the games we did. It was very fun and awesome. Thank you for telling us your personal stories and how you felt. It makes me feel good since I wasn't the only one that was bullied by other kids."

"I like how you let everyone tell their person[al] story. I liked all the activities especially the shredder (shredding hurtful words). It made me feel good."

"I will not ever bully because [of] the things you talked about."

Ambassadors for Respect
Ambassadors for Respect
Ambassadors for Respect

March 29, 2016

Two sessions were held at Birch Lake Elementary School for a total of 53 students and five teachers. A sample of student comments included:

"I like the way you said don't let kids define you or that people are not labels 'cause they are not. Thank you Ambassadors."

"It was very fun and helpful."

"You did a real good job. Thanks, for coming. Sorry you got bullied. Amazing."

Ambassadors for Respect - Matoska
Ambassadors for Respect- Matoska

April 1, 2016

Three sessions were held at Willow Lane for a total of 87 students and five teachers participating. A sample of student comments included:

"It was fun and I learned a lot. I promise that I will never bully anyone."

"You guys were so kind and helpful. It made me feel like I fit in."

"I believe that this was a great experience."

Ambassadors for Respect - Willow Lane April 1
Ambassadors for Respect April 1
Ambassadors for Respect April 1

April 13, 2016

Two sessions were held at St. John the Baptist for a total of 54 students and two teachers participating. A sample of student comments included:

"I loved the presentation because it was very well read and everyone was honest about their stories."

"You guys made me a better person, not just on the outside but on the inside too."

"I learned a lot and I will remember it.""

Ambassadors for Respect - St. John the Baptist April 13
Ambassadors for Respect - St. John the Baptist April 13
Ambassadors for Respect - St. John the Baptist April 13

April 14, 2016

Three sessions were held at Matoska International (charter school) for a total of 87 students and four teachers participating. A sample of student comments included:

"You taught us all to respect everyone no matter what and that helped our class a lot."

"I learned all people are wonderful and unique, especially with disorders."

"I super strongly agree with everything your said. No one should be bullied!!! P.S. Bullying IS horrible."

Ambassadors for Respect - Matoska April 14
Ambassadors for Respect - Matoska April 14

May 5, 2015

Three sessions were held at Little Canada Elementary School. A total of 79 students and six teachers participated. Teacher comments included:

"This is a great program and I am happy that other Roseville schools get to experience it."

"Thank you for coming out and sharing with our 4th graders. I heard wonderful feedback from students and staff."

"I am hopeful that we can continue this for next year as well."

A sample of student comments included:

"I liked what you told us and PS I gave you 3 tens and 5 fives so if you add together you will get 45 points which is a star. Nice job. Thank you"

"Thanks for coming an detaching us how to get rid of the bad words nobody should use."

"I think some people learned it’s bad to bully."

Ambassadors for Respect - Little Canada May 5
Ambassadors for Respect - Little Canada May 5
Ambassadors for Respect - Little Canada May 5

May 19, 2016

Four sessions were held at Otter Lake Elementary School with 110 students and six teachers participating. Teacher comments included:

"We love having you out every year to give such a wonderful presentation."

"Impactful!"

A sample of student comments included:

"It was fun to learn how to treat people with disabilities."

"It was very good to be educated on how to put “People first. Thank you."

"Believe in yourself. Stand up for yourself."

Ambassadors for Respect - Otter Lake May 19
Ambassadors for Respect - Otter Lake May 19
Ambassadors for Respect - Otter Lake May 19
Ambassadors for Respect - Otter Lake May 19
Ambassadors for Respect - Otter Lake May 19
Ambassadors for Respect - Otter Lake May 19

May 20, 2016

Three sessions were held at Richardson Elementary School with 98 students and four teachers participating. Teacher comments included:

"It was so nice that you came in so well prepared with all the materials, equipment, and activities so that we can focus on this topic. Well done!"

A sample of student comments included:

"Thank you for teaching us not to call people names because they have disabilities."

"You taught me to be kind, sage, and respectful. Thank you!!!"

"I loved shredding al the mean names. It made me feel very good."

Ambassadors for Respect - Richardson May 20
Ambassadors for Respect - Richardson May 20
Ambassadors for Respect - Richardson May 20

May 24, 2016

Three sessions were held at Parkview Center Elementary School with 86 students and four teachers participating. Teacher comments included:

"I am so glad that you came and shared your beautiful presentation with the students. We want you to come back annually."

A sample of student comments included:

"Thank you for coming. Your presentation was interesting and fun. but most of all [it] was moving to me."

"I promise I will be nice, kind, and I will dream big! I will stick up for myself and others."

"I loved how you all stood up for yourself and I agree that even if you look different does not mean you are treated differently."

Ambassadors for Respect - Parkview May 24
Ambassadors for Respect - Parkview May 24
Ambassadors for Respect - Parkview May 24

June 5, 2016

Four sessions were held at Brimhall Elementary School with 118 students and four teachers participating; three guests were also in attendance. Teacher comments included:

"What a fantastic program. Very informative and interactive! It was great to see how the students responded."

"It was nice for me to participate in this worthwhile program along with the students."

A sample of student comments included:

"It really made me change my thoughts about people with disabilities."

"Thank you for helping me get rid of bullying in a fun way."

"I liked shredding the hurtful works because it made me feel really good inside."

Ambassadors for Respect - Brimhall Elementary School June 5
Ambassadors for Respect - Brimhall Elementary School June 5
Ambassadors for Respect - Brimhall Elementary School June 5
Ambassadors for Respect - Brimhall Elementary School June 5

June 27, 2016

Four sessions were held at Harambee Cultural Communities and Environmental Science School with 107 students and six teachers participating. Teacher comments included:

"It was amazing working with you."

"Great job with my class! They were really listening and thinking about what you said. I'm so glad you came to our school."

A sample of student comments included:

"I really liked how you guys shared your 4th grade stories."

"My baby brother knows what it feels like to be you because he has Down Syndr[ome] and it is very sad."

"I liked the part where we shredded stuff because I love paper shredders."

Ambassadors for Respect - Harambee June 27
Ambassadors for Respect - Harambee June 27
Ambassadors for Respect - Harambee June 27
Ambassadors for Respect - Harambee June 27
Ambassadors for Respect - Harambee June 27
Ambassadors for Respect - Harambee June 27

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