Anti-Bullying Event Ames VPA Elementary - Missouri
Centene Corporation and Home State Health Plan partnered to host an anti-bullying event at Ames VPA Elementary School in St. Louis. This event is part of a new national initiative to prevent bullying among school-aged children.
The “No Bullying Zone” event featured renowned children’s author Michelle Bain, reading a new anti-bullying book called “Splotch the Madpole Does a Whole Lot of Bullying,” which was co-authored with Centene, Cenpatico and anti-bullying expert Dr. Joseph Wright of Children’s National Medical Center. The event also featured a performance by local entertainer Jamie “King James” Dennis, as well as an anti-bullying “graffiti wall” where children signed their names to pledge that they will not be a bully.
The assembly was for 4th and 5th graders, and nearly 150 students were in attendance and took the pledge to stand up against bullying to protect themselves and their friends.
This new national initiative was launched during National Anti-bullying Awareness Month in October and aims to educate students, teachers and parents on how to prevent, identify and appropriately intervene when bullying threatens school-aged children. The graffiti wall will travel around the country to other schools that host this booking reading through Centene’s established Adopt-a-School program.