Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be awesome.
That's the goal for students at Perryville Elementary School as they kicked off the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) and anti-bullying initiatives for this school year.
Last Wednesday was the school's Unity Day. A whole school assembly was held and students were asked to wear orange as a way to tell bullies their presence isn't welcome at the school.
Katie Derby is assistant principal at the school. She said that behavior isn't really a problem at Perryville. The focus for students will be the "Be awesome" part of the goal.
That means going above and beyond to make sure everyone is included at recess or lending a hand to someone who needs help.
Mekhi Gibbs is in first grade. He talked about what he learned during Unity Day. "If you bully somebody, it's not good," said Gibbs.
A group of first grade and kindergarten students also made a list of how they could help someone at school:
"If they are lost help them find their way."
"If someone is hurt, help them."
"If they fall over, help them up."
"Be a friend to someone who does not have a friend."