Teachers, students spread the message, ‘Be nice’

The Wayland Union Education Foundation recently provided a grant for the Be nice. initiative at Wayland Union Middle School. Be nice. is an anti-bullying initiative by the Mental Health Foundation. According to the organization’s website, the program is designed “to spread awareness surrounding the issues of bullying and the importance of treating people with civility community-wide. By creating awareness, it …

Jake D.Teachers, students spread the message, ‘Be nice’

Bullying behavior decreasing with newer ‘be nice’ programs

WEST MICHIGAN — The term “bullying” is so widely overused in today’s schools that many students no longer take it seriously, educators say. But in the past couple of years, several West Michigan school districts that have switched gears in their anti-bullying efforts say proactive programs aimed at “being nice” are driving out bullying behavior. Last year, 21 school districts …

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Hearts of Gold: East Grand Rapids, local mental health foundation push to ‘be nice’

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Be nice. That is the message Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan and East Grand Rapids Public Schools are sharing with the community this week. For the past two weeks, East Grand Rapids students have been raising money for the foundation to bring awareness of mental health issues in teens and its Be Nice program …

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Teen Suicide Numbers Declining In Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Suicide awareness is growing on a national scale after tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting.  But FOX 17 started talking about the issue with you more than a year ago. In May of 2012, the Mental Health Foundation said suicide was the second leading cause of death among teenagers in Kent County behind accidents. This year, …

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Dozens of schools unite to ‘Be Nice’

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – It is on a large scale but the message is simple: Be Nice. Christy Buck, executive director for the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, discusses the feedback after more than 18,000 students from more than two dozen West Michigan schools participated in the second annual Be Nice flyover on May 17. Students gathered outside their …

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Take a shopping break and Be Nice Decorated benches promote anti-bullying

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – When you think of Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville, you think about doing some serious shopping. But, a trip to the mall for teens is more than just shopping, it’s a place to socialize and spend time with friends. Rivertown Crossings Mall has partnered the Mental Health Foundation’s anti-bullying education program, “Be Nice,” to help promote …

Jake D.Take a shopping break and Be Nice Decorated benches promote anti-bullying

Helicopter flyover part of today’s ‘BE NICE’ anti-bullying campaign involving 6,000 students

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 6,000 students in eight local school districts today will participate in the “BE NICE” anti-bullying campaign, coordinated by the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan. Students will march onto their school fields and spell out Be Nice. A helicopter will flyover each school and photos will be taken. “We have been working very diligently …

Jake D.Helicopter flyover part of today’s ‘BE NICE’ anti-bullying campaign involving 6,000 students

Be nice: We all could learn from the Valentine’s lesson at Timberland Charter Academy

MUSKEGON TWP. — Be nice. They are two words that Timberland Charter Academy officials believe can change a school. They hope that on this Valentine’s Day, students will have extra insight into the positive effects those two simple words can have. The 400 students at the K-8 school celebrated “Be Nice Day” Monday. They practiced acts of kindness, including making …

Jake D.Be nice: We all could learn from the Valentine’s lesson at Timberland Charter Academy

Be Nice Day at Timberland Charter Academy

Students and staff at Timberland Charter Academy celebrated ‘Be Nice Day’ throughout the day on Monday, February 13, 2012. The school day schedule was adjusted for students to focus on promoting anti-bullying activities such as skits put on by older students, making Valentine’s Day cards and posters which will be delivered on Tuesday to three local nursing homes. Click here …

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