The Moreno Valley Unified School District once again received one of the state's leading educational honors, the Golden Bell Awards.
The district was recognized with a Golden Bell Award on Thursday, December 2, 2021, for the Canyon Springs High School’s Anti-Bullying Club, also known as ABC. The awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.
Now in its 41st year, this award is sponsored by the California School Boards Association to recognize outstanding public school programs for innovation, sustainability and best practices that facilitate positive student outcomes.
“We are truly honored to receive a Golden Bell Award for our ABC Club,” said Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora. “Our students and counselor, Michelle Gomez, have made a tremendous impact on their school and our community.”
The Anti-Bullying Club began ten 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.
“I have the fortune to witness the commitment and effort that our students invest into their mission of spreading bullying prevention awareness all around the community,” said Michelle Gomez, counselor and club advisor for the club. “They have devoted themselves year after year to their mission and to being a symbol of kindness, unity, and inclusion, and that passion is contagious and inspiring.”
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.
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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ABC Club has continued their efforts to spread awareness of bullying, but also to spread kindness and compassion.
ABC generated several school-wide videos to encourage students and adults through the pandemic such as creating kindness projects and bully prevention videos, Tik Tok videos, Instagram posts, and JamBoards to facilitate student engagement during COVID 19.
Furthermore, ABC organized to donate over 4,508 school supplies to the Hearts YOUnited campaign for students within the district. Supplies were distributed to over 2,049 students during the pandemic through the Grab and Go lunch programs.
During Bullying Prevention Week, ABC decorated the main gate with encouraging messages and bully-free posters to celebrate bullying prevention. They also created a public google website with materials, videos, PDF’s and more to help educate and inform any student, staff, and/or parent about bullying prevention, mindfulness, resources to help, and stress management techniques.
“We are so proud of what they have accomplished,” said Board Vice President Cleveland Johnson. “They are making a difference in the lives of many students at their school and within their community.”
A judging panel composed of experts from school districts and county offices of education across the state reviewed written entries and made initial recommendations. On-site validators then reviewed the recommendations and assessed the programs in action.
To learn more about the Golden Bell awards and all the winners, visit the program’s website at https://gb.csba.org/.