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Creative Expression 2016 Highlights

Student Voice, Artistic Expression and No Name-Calling Week: A Winning Combination!

In 2016, GLSEN collected images and videos of school displays and individual student work submitted as part of the Creative Expression Exhibit. Educators were invited to work with students in classes or after-school clubs to create school-wide displays that featured the message of No Name-Calling Week and the theme "Celebrate Kindness." Check out some of this year's creative expressions from schools around the country:

Rural Retreat Elementary School, Rural Retreat, VA

Students completed a hand activity where they each had to write an act of kindness or kind idea on their paper hand. These were displayed in the hallway near the cafeteria in order to raise awareness and serve as a reminder to show kindness to one another every day, not just during No Name-Calling Week.

North High School, Wichita, KS

Students wore their No Name-Calling Week stickers with pride and talked about the program with others students. They created signs and displays to bring awareness to the program and the importance of kindness all year long.
James Clemens High School, Madison, AL

Students, teachers, administrators and central office personnel were asked to send in a picture of themselves with their hand over their mouth. They then printed these images and wrote "Words Hurt" over their hands. The images were put together into a mural in the library. They then put large letters over the mural that spelled out: "Be Kind."
Paulsboro High School, Paulsboro, NJ

Students around campus signed pledges to be kind throughout NNCW16. Some examples of random acts of kindness were attached to the lollipops. This effort increased awareness by bringing attention to the power of words.
Berkley Street School, New Milford, NJ
Kindergarten students celebrated their differences by designing elephants related to the book Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.The stories in each of the Elmer books focus on celebrating diversity.
Ridgewood Avenue School, Glen Ridge, NJ

Students heard from their teachers and each other about how words have helped or hurt them, shared experiences, and brainstormed how they could use words for kindness and empowerment rather than hurt. Once students decided what their word would be, they created a snowflake with that word in the center to decorate their "No Two Are Alike" bulletin board in the main hallway.
Wilbur L. Cross School, Bridgeport, CT

Students completed a bulletin board "Garden of Kindness." They were asked to identify kind things they could do for others and place them on the board for their
peers to see. 
Project Harmony, Omaha, NE

Students created murals and other art projects to celebrate kindness all year long. Students intend to focus on this project throughout the year to develop their leadership skills and involve others along the way.
Garrison Union Free School, Garrison, NY

Students each received a T-Shirt and wrote a name that they have heard used toward themselves or their peers. Students then walked around campus with the label in an effort to understand what it is like to be called these names and learn empathy for others. At the end of the day, students came together in a circle and reflected on what they learned. 
P.S.1 The Tottenville School, Staten Island, NY

Students wrote poems, created individual and group posters and No Name-Calling Week projects which were all displayed on their Recipe for Respect wall in the student cafeteria.
GLSEN Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN  
This is a photo from GLSEN Middle Tennessee's Voices Illuminated event, which allowed community members to gather together to discuss anti-bullying efforts, express themselves through art and share with one another. Participants made candles, posters and signs to serve as a reminder of the importance of ending bullying and creating safe places for all.

Cedarbrook Middle School, Elkins Park, PA
Students wrote poems, short stories and other written materials around No Name-Calling Week.
Click the links below to read each of the students' individual works.

Tytiana, 8th Grade
Bethany, 8th Grade
William, 8th Grade
Oren, 8th Grade
Kate, 8th Grade
Lou, 8th Grade
Samantha, 8th Grade
Janelle, 8th Grade