Make a Difference Day: Island Pacific Academy

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's been a hot topic lately but what are local school REALLY doing to take a step against devastating bullying that so often occurs? Island Pacific Academy  students are taking a stand today during their Make a Difference Day. Headmaster Dan White and student Jami Alamar dropped in to share their plans.

Three times a year, students in grades 6-8 participate in a Make a Difference Day (MDD). The events and activities for each MDD are designed to help them understand what it means to be a part of a larger community. The student 8th grade leadership team is responsible for planning as well as implementing the activities for the day. To get everyone in the spirit of the event, a new t-shirt is designed each year for students to wear on MDD. Island Pacific Academy students are active in selecting the topic of MDD and this month, they have selected to tackle the topic of bullying.

Students will focus on learning about becoming the "Heroes" of our community and fighting against bullying. They will attend a presentation by guest speaker, Wayne Anno, a speaker who works with trouble teens and will focus on building the "hero in you."  After this presentation, grade levels will work within their homerooms on activities to build their communication and self advocacy skills.  Finally, after lunch, the 8th grade leadership team is planning a top secret activity from 1-4 p.m.

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