Kids can be mean, like when my friend Carolyn’s daughter was told she couldn’t play with the “pretty club” girls because they didn’t like her outfit. In kindergarten.
Schools take a variety of approaches when it comes to dealing with bullying. In honor of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, seven San Diego schools are rewarding kindness through the zpizza Nice Slice program. The campaign allows teachers to reward students for exhibiting kindness to others with a “Nice zSlice” certificate that can be redeemed for a free slice of pizza at participating zpizza restaurants.
“As a restaurant serving families in communities across the country, we want to help send a message that being kind to others is important in school and in life,” said Chris Bright, president of zpizza. “We’re excited to partner with local schools and teachers through the Nice zSlice program to help do our part in rewarding cooperation and respect on the playground and beyond.” The Nice zSlice campaign gives all students at participating schools the chance to be rewarded for their kind behavior. zpizza’s hand-crafted artisan dishes are kid-friendly and parent-approved, made with premium ingredients, including fresh produce, award-winning skim mozzarella from grass-fed Wisconsin cows, certified organic tomato sauce, MSG-free pepperoni with no added nitrites or preservatives, additive-free sausage and 100 percent all-natural, and non-GMO flour.
Participating San Diego schools are Dewey Elementary , Longfellow Elementary, La Jolla Country Day Schools, Highland Ranch Elementary, Morning Creek Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Middle School and Miramar Ranch Elementary.
You can start working with your children even before they are school-aged to help them understand the effects of bullying and to teach ways to handle unkind situations. You can easily introduce the topic through books like, Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig , My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig, The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill, Enemy Pie by Derek Munson and King of the Playground by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
To learn more about zpizza, or find out how your school can participate in the Nice zSlice program, visit www.facebook.com/zpizza or contact NicezSlice@zpizza.com.