Be There: "No Name Calling Week" encourages words of kindness - | WBTV Charlotte

Be There: "No Name Calling Week" encourages words of kindness

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

"No Name Calling Week, Celebrate Kindness" is the focus for middle school students at Fort Service Learning Magnet school this week.

The school started the program 5 years ago, formerly called, "No Name Calling, Only Compliments."

Seventh grader Mia Reese recalled the positive impact the concept is having on others.

"Kids who are normally not as nice, they are getting a little bit nicer," Mia said.

Mia also added that the special week helps to curb bullying and gives students an opportunity to be kind to others for their good deeds.

Principal Sonja Coaxum explained how the strategies are a conduit for Character Education and Conflict Resolution.

"It shows the impact of our students being aware, more sensitive and embracing one another and helping one another--because those are the citizens that we want to graduate from our great school," Coaxum said.

Mia's parents also think the No Name Calling Week will have lasting effects on students.

"It teaches kids a lot of tolerance especially at this age who are going through a lot and will have an opportunity to be bullied or participate in bullying," said Richard Reese, Mia's Father, who also teaches and coaches at Carver High School. "It's important that she and the other students participate because it becomes repetition."

Her mother is also an educator at J. D. Elementary School.

The idea of a "No Name Calling Week" originated in 2004. It was inspired by a novel for teenagers called Misfits by James Howe.

The school has different activities planned throughout the week re-enforcing the concept of No Name Calling.

One activity was during the morning announcements—each student is asked to turn to their neighbor and say something kind.

Copyright 2014 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • She said: It's time for Panthers to invest in secondary, starting in 2018 NFL draft

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:24 PM EDT2018-04-21 17:24:58 GMT

    Here's a revolutionary thought: The Carolina Panthers should invest in their secondary. And not with mid- to late-round picks or development projects, either. On April 26, the first night of the 2018 NFL Draft, Carolina should take a defensive back at No. 24. A day-one starter. A leader.  

    More >>

    Here's a revolutionary thought: The Carolina Panthers should invest in their secondary. And not with mid- to late-round picks or development projects, either. On April 26, the first night of the 2018 NFL Draft, Carolina should take a defensive back at No. 24. A day-one starter. A leader.  

    More >>
  • He said: Too many offensive playmakers in NFL draft for Panthers to pass up

    He said: Too many offensive playmakers in NFL draft for Panthers to pass up

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:24 PM EDT2018-04-21 17:24:39 GMT

    In deciding whether the Carolina Panthers should shore up their secondary or give quarterback Cam Newton another weapon, I’m always going to lean toward an offensive playmaker. I’m not the only one who thinks that; so does Cam. 

    More >>

    In deciding whether the Carolina Panthers should shore up their secondary or give quarterback Cam Newton another weapon, I’m always going to lean toward an offensive playmaker. I’m not the only one who thinks that; so does Cam. 

    More >>
  • Man dies days after being seriously injured in east Charlotte car crash

    Man dies days after being seriously injured in east Charlotte car crash

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:56 AM EDT2018-04-21 15:56:15 GMT

    A person died Monday afternoon from injuries sustained in a car crash April 11 in east Charlotte. Officials say the crash happened just before 9 a.m. in the 1500 block of Shamrock Drive near Farley Street. An investigation revealed a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer, driven by Jimmy Hamilton, was traveling on Shamrock Drive and ran off the roadway to the right at Farley Street. 

    More >>

    A person died Monday afternoon from injuries sustained in a car crash April 11 in east Charlotte. Officials say the crash happened just before 9 a.m. in the 1500 block of Shamrock Drive near Farley Street. An investigation revealed a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer, driven by Jimmy Hamilton, was traveling on Shamrock Drive and ran off the roadway to the right at Farley Street. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly