October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Travis is implementing lessons and activities focused on raising awareness of bullying and treating others with kindness and compassion. Students will learn the importance of how we treat each other and the impact our words and actions have on others around us.

Participating in Bullying Prevention Month is our first planned activity on the path to becoming a No Place for Hate school, a designation we have held for many years in the past. As part of this process, students participate in three designated activities throughout the school year. Students will hear daily messages from the School Counselor in the morning and will complete special lessons and activities in their classrooms. Every student and staff member will be signing the Resolution of Respect, another No Place for Hate school requirement, during the first week of October. Students will receive a “mini” version of the Resolution to paste in their Tiger Binders/Planners.

The school-wide Kindness Challenge also kicks off this month. Students are encouraged to do acts of kindness for others all month long. If a student is on the receiving end of an act of kindness, the student is encouraged to record the act on a paper heart and submit it to their teachers. We will begin to fill up our Travis Kindness Tree with the paper hearts and watch the tree grow throughout the rest of the year. The Kindness Tree is located in the main hallway by the Multipurpose Room. I encourage you to stop by and read about all the kind things our students and staff are doing for each other.

-- Leslie Smith, School Counselor and Rhonda Welch, Health and Wellness Chair