Photo provided by LINDA FALLER JOINER -- Students, faculty and staff members unite against bullying Oct. 22 at Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori School. Those wearing orange to show they are united against bullying, first row from left, are Justtin Merrick, Earryuna Lewis, Leah Sanders, Gamara Earlycutt, Michael Floyd-Stanley, Omari Jackson and Miracle Varnado; and second row, Madison Jackson, Darius Kimble, Damayis Perkins, Nina Gordon, Braylin Michelli, Connor Lacoste, Jamirian Sims, Manyri Webre, Kevin Barnett and Beth Soniat.

Dr. Teresa Perry, a guidance counselor for Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori School, taught students how to avoid bullying and how they can respond effectively to bullying last month.

Perry, who promoted October’s Bullying Awareness Month throughout the school, arranged for students from each grade level to include tips to prevent bullying during each morning announcement, a news release from the school said.

Students were encouraged to wear orange to support those who have been bullied and unite to make a difference on Unity Day, Oct. 22. Perry visited classrooms and showed a presentation detailing how to prevent bullying and how to report it. Students also learned what unity means and talked about the statement, “When we stand together, no one stands alone.”

Students created and signed orange “Unite Against Bullying” banners to support Unity Day, the release said. They also wrote messages on orange strips of construction paper. The paper strips were then connected to create one long chain, which represented uniting for a common cause, the release said.