Select students participated in the Middle School’s annual National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training October 2nd and 3rd. The CMS Guidance & Counseling department hosts this two-day workshop as part of the school’s ongoing character education program. The target of the training is to empower students to address prejudice, stereotyping, and bullying in their school through peer leadership and positive example setting. NCBI is a nonprofit leadership training organization that works to eliminate prejudice and conflict in communities the world over. Local NCBI facilitators Ira Baumgarten and Tawana Davis joined school counselor Jackie Hoffman in leading the training sessions, which involved role playing, skits, and other activities reinforcing positive communication skills.
Twenty-seven seventh and eighth grade volunteers took part in the NCBI training this year. They are Jennifer Albrecht, Jahnyah Armstrong, Alex Bevens, Kaitlyn Bost, Aidan Brennan, Robert Bruso, Jacob Carroll, Kenny Casey, Amiah Coons, Iris Davis, Evie Deane, Landen Frederick, Alaina Graziano, Aurora Jones, Jayden Jones, Hunter Kelly, Maya Narofsky, Jenna Palubeckis, Addison Perry, Samantha Rickert, Lauren Salvesvold-Uhlar, Lennie Sitzer, Logan Smalley, Lily Strattman, Caritey Taylor, Taylor Van Wie, Nole Zaik.
October is Bullying Prevention Month. As part of the activities taking place at CMS this month, these students will take a leading role in promoting diversity, self-esteem, and acceptance of others by leading coalition-building workshops in sixth and seventh grade classrooms.