BHS 4-H Students Take A Stand Against Bullying Wednesday, April 27, 2011 By Kaylee Reeves
In an effort to fight back against the harmful effects of bullying, a group of high school students has recently begun sharing a 4-H program called ‘Take a Stand’ with the Bandera Middle School students. “I have a group of high school kids that teach the Take a Stand program to Mrs. Krueger’s 6 th grade Health class,” Bandera County 4-H Program Assistant Laura Klinksiek said. The BHS students who take time out of their school schedules in order to share with the sixth grade about bullying are: seniors Jeff Jensen, Dustin Linder, Shelbie Martin Kaylee Reeves and Ben Hevenor, juniors Katie Mangold and Rozlyn Reeves and sophomores Justin Klinksiek and Cody Mayfield. The 4-H Take a Stand bully program teaches students about the different types of bullying, what to do when faced with a bully and the responsibility you have as a bystander. “I think it will help prevent bullying,” Jensen said. “Even if we only get the point across to one kid; that’s still one less kid that is unaware of what to do when faced with a bully issue and that makes the whole program worth it.” All of these students have more than a year’s experience working with this program and feel strongly about its benefits. “I have been involved with the Take a Stand program for two years now,” junior Rozlyn Reeves said. “I know that it’s making a positive impact on the students.” Not only has the program produced positive outcomes through the hands-on learning, but the productive responses from the middle school students really encourages the team leaders. “The kids really get involved and are very interested in all the stories I share about my experiences in high school,” Jensen said. The program will run through May 17 th on every Monday and Tuesday from 11:30am till 2:00pm at the Bandera Middle School. For more information on the program, contact Laura Klinksiek at the Bandera County Extension office.