MORENO VALLEY, Calif. - Canyon Springs High School’s Anti-Bullying Club, also known as ABC, will be recognized as the HERO Peer Club of the Year by the Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation (RMCCF)’s Anti-Bullying Institute on August 19 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Anti-Bullying Institute’s HERO Awards Program exists to recognize individuals, schools, or community groups that reside in Riverside County who have shown exceptional efforts in being kind, inclusive, and aiding to end bullying in their school, place of work, and/or community.
This year, they will be conducting their awards ceremony virtually on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rmccharitablefoundation/.
“We are excited to have been selected as the HERO Peer Club of the Year,” said Michelle Gomez, counselor and club advisor at Canyon Springs High School. “We have been doing this for a long time and each year, our club grows with more students interested in creating a positive school environment for everyone on campus. Our collective efforts don't stop here. While we have great challenges ahead, we will continue to face them head on with the goal of creating a more uplifting and positive world for our youth.”
The Anti-Bullying Club began nine years ago at Canyon Springs High School with the primary goals of preventing bullying on campus and positively affecting school climate. During lunches, ABC hosts activities that help engage students, create unity, and bring awareness to students on campus.
Members create a Bully Prevention presentation and train to present information to students in classrooms about the definition of bullying, the consequences of bullying, bully prevention methods, and how to anonymously report bullying to staff, administration, or through the Moreno Valley Unified School District website.
“We are lucky to have an incredible advisor and counselor like Michelle Gomez leading this group of students at Canyon Springs High School,” said Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Martinex Kedziora. “I am very proud of the work students have accomplished under her guidance and look forward for her club to continue inspiring other schools to create their own kindness and anti-bullying clubs.”
ABC helps students recognize bullying by first establishing a clear definition of the term. By ensuring their fellow students are clear on this definition, they can focus on prevention and positive intervention, and ultimately help create a safer and more unified school community.
“The Anti-Bullying Club has gone above and beyond in everything they have done,” said Moreno Valley Unified School District Board President Dr. Marsha Locke. “The success of the club is evident with the recent recognition as the HERO Peer Club of the Year. The outstanding students and club advisor Michelle Gomez have demonstrated that students have the power to make a difference in their community and I am proud to know that their kindness, positivity and perseverance is being recognized.”
ABC encourages students to speak out and report any issues of bullying or discrimination. Outside of the classroom, ABC spreads awareness of bullying prevention through fun and engaging activities during Bullying Prevention Month and Pink Shirt Week, and participates in awareness campaigns around violence prevention, suicide prevention, and more.
Today, they are over 150 strong and continuing to grow, proving that their message of kindness is speaking to the hearts of their fellow students, and goals to raise awareness and spread positivity are being realized.
About the Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation
For over thirty-five years, the Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation, which was incorporated in 1984 by 19 Riverside Medical Clinic physicians, has pursued a mission of providing health education. In 2013, Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation (RMCCF), a 501(c)(3) public charity, was incorporated. In its mission to improve health and the quality of life for residents in Inland Southern California, RMCCF offers monthly support groups for chronic diseases and other conditions, including Alzheimer's, prostate cancer, brain injury and stroke, and endometriosis. In addition, RMCCF presents an annual, health-based education series and, with its community partners, works to provide innovative programs focused on preventing bullying and childhood health and wellness. In 2014, the Anti-Bullying Institute was introduced to offer hands-on programs designed to empower children, parents, schools, and youth organization personnel to effectively deal with the issue of bullying. In 2019, RMCCF introduced Traveling Triplets, its therapeutic doll memory care program for dementia patients.
For further information, visit AntiBullyingInstitute.org or RMCcharity.org, contact the Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation/Anti-Bullying Institute at 951-321-6512 or email Bianca@RMCcharity.org.