Over the past five years, Dixon Middle School has adopted and enforced the phrase “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully”. Dixon has a zero tolerance for bullies, and we take the time throughout the year to teach students the different forms of bullying, what bullying looks like, and what they can do to help prevent it. During the month of October, Dixon students were encouraged to get creative and come up with ideas for the next “Be a Buddy, not a Bully” logo, to be used for this school year, and to submit videos demonstrating how to be a buddy. The winners of these contests were announced to the school on Friday the 30th at the Be a Buddy assembly.
Emily Cannegieter, a 7th grade student, submitted the winning design, which shows two monsters giving each other a high five. At the assembly, Emily explained that she decided to draw two monsters that were totally different in appearance to demonstrate how people with different backgrounds, interests, and opinions can still get along and be friendly toward each other. The lightning bolts coming from the high-five, she said, was to show how friendship and kindness are powerful and empowering.
At the same assembly, it was announced that Jaycee D. had won the video contest with her submission “The Bully’s Tail”. She told the audience that this video was very important to her as she has struggled in the past with bullying, and that she hopes everyone at our school can realize that reaching out and being kind to each other is easy and very necessary.
Congratulations to Emily and Jaycee, and thank you to everyone who submitted an entry! Let’s all help remind each other to Be a Buddy on a daily basis!