Assemblies on energizing mental health, anti-bullying set at Kingsland

Cory Greenwood will be presenting assembly programs designed to address bullying and suicide at Kingsland on Monday, Oct. 28, for students in all grade levels during the school day as well as an evening presentation for the public.

Greenwood, a youth communicator used by school districts across the country, has a personal connection to Kingsland and plans to utilize his Student Reach Tour program to engage students and community members.

The programs will be held in the Kingsland High School gymnasium. The first assembly for grades six to eight runs from 12:26 to 1:18 p.m. Another assembly from 1:22 to 2:14 p.m. is for students in preschool to grade five. The third student assembly from 2:18 to 3:10 p.m. is for grades nine to 12. A public assembly from 7 to 8 p.m. is for community members of all ages.

Students in grades six to 12 will learn how to find a mentor and engage in healthy conversations, be resilient through adversity, and focus on solutions instead of dwelling on problems. Elementary school students will encounter a fun approach to a message of kindness, managing emotions and preventing bullying.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Nationwide surveys indicate that 77 percent of students are bullied mentally, verbally and physically; one out of five admit to being a bully or doing some “bullying;” 70.6 percent of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools; in schools that have an anti-bullying program, bullying is reduced by 50 percent.

Valley Christian Center in Spring Valley is helping to bring an assembly program to Kingsland for the second year in a row.

“As a church, we want to add value to our community. We see this as a commitment to the lives of our students, teachers, administrators, and families. We believe this partnership is good for our community and school district, we see it as an investment for the future,” stated the Rev. James Leonard, lead pastor of Valley Christian Center and parent of two Kingsland Elementary School students.

Kingsland School Parents, which supports teachers and staff through volunteer efforts, fundraising projects, and organizing activities for students and their families, is also a sponsor of the assemblies.