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.