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A Piece Full World's goal
is to end bullying in our schools. When employees are safe from workplace bullying and children are safe
from school bullying, we transform our schools into places of honor, courage and character. Ultimately, we
transform our world. One school at a time, we put together the pieces of....
A Piece Full World.
Click "No Place for Hate!" The Anti-Defamation League has terrific resources for creating
a school wide bullying prevention program!
"Many people, especially ignorant people,
want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct or for being
years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is
still the truth."
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"Real progress requires pushing and shoving and urging and cajoling and coaxing – and then pushing some
more (courteously when you can, not so mannerly if the former doesn’t work)."
--David Lawrence Jr., The Children's Movement
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"Be ashamed to die before you have won some battle for humanity."
Click here for U.R.A.J.E.R.K: A humorous play starring Mr. Bully Boss and Captain Effective Leader.
just want to go home," my 87 year old Aunt Deane said to me on the phone. I'd called her two days before her death. My
daughter and I had returned to Miami a week earlier from visiting her at a small town nursing home in rural Ohio.
The three of us had lunch and visited and laughed while there.
I'd taken 1969 photos with me. The photos were taken during summer vacation at Indian Lake, Ohio. Our families
would spend one week each summer crammed into a small cabin. We'd water ski and swim...and burn and peel for no one
thought to apply sun screen.
why is this memory so clear? Of all the memories in all my brain's crevices, why does this one float into conscious? I lift
my bangs. I laugh as I look at my face in a mirror. In contrast to my sun burned twelve year old face, my forehead, protected
from the sun by my hair, is white. I'm not, in my mind, at the lake cabin. This memory takes me to Carol's house.
But that's the way memories work.
the lake we'd play cards at night and eat hamburgers my father cooked on a small charcoal grill. Aunt Deane is forty in the
pictures: divorced and raising four boys on a secretary's salary. Although she was deftly (and carefully for her job was in
peril) avoiding her bosses' overt sexual harassment at work, in the pictures she looks care free. And gorgeous. Tanned. Long
blond hair. Green and white bikini.
Deane looks good!
"Show those pictures
to Jesse. I want him to see what I used to look like." Jesse, my aunt's nursing home attendant, was appreciative.
Deane is right. I could go crazy....
got to develop a sense of humor about life, otherwise you'll go crazy," Aunt Deane said to me and to my daughter during
our visit. Aunt Deane was laying on the small bed in the nursing home. My daughter was standing as there was no place for
her to sit. I was perched on the edge of the bed. Aunt Deane's roommate's television was loudly blaring. "My
God," I thought to myself, "I'd go crazy here", so Aunt Deane's statement was perfectly timed.
I would have loved to rummage around in Aunt Deane's head. Tenderly tiptoe
into her brain memory chambers. Inspect her hurts and her triumphs for there is much to be learned from my Aunt Deane.
Resilience in the face of betrayal! Acceptance of injustice! Love no matter what! Patience!
"I just want to go home, Kim," she said to me during our last conversation.
I must also learn to let go. Aunt Deane's gotten her wish. She's
home for good now.
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School Board Rule: Code of Ethics states: All members of the School Board of (School District's name), regardless
of their position, collective bargaining status or role, because of their dual
roles as public servants and educators are to be bound by the Code of Ethics..to
create an environment of honesty and integrity...the freedom to learn and to teach and
the guarantee of equal opportunity for all..strive for professional growth and seek to exercise the best professional
judgment and integrity...to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical
School Board Rule:Responsibilities and
Duties states: All persons employed by the School Board of (School District's name) are representatives of the (School District's
name). As such they are expected to conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will
reflect credit upon themselves and the school system. Unseemly conduct in the workplace is expressly prohibited.