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100 Days of No Violence at West Rocks

West Rocks & Ponus Ridge pledge to "Stomp the Violence"

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Norwalk, CT | Added on January 08, 2015 At 04:44 PM

Students at West Rocks Middle School took a pledge to "Stomp the Violence" at their school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Dr. King said, '"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."' and think the kids need to understand that and they need to feel that," said Lauren D'Amico, 7th Grade Counselor at West Rocks Middle School.

By the end of the week, over 600 students will have signed the schools 100 Days of No Violence agreement, committing to retrain from gossiping, bullying and other acts of violence throughout the school.

"Violence just makes everyone sadsaid 7th grader Alessandro who signed the pledge on Thursday morning. 

7th grader Briana also signed the pledge on Thursday. She said, "I think it's important because it will keep everyone out of trouble."

The pledge reads:

"I will choose to refrain from acts of violence that hurt toerhs. That means I will refrain from being involved in gossiping, put downs, bullying, confrontations, disrespect to peers and/or staff members, negative behavior in the community.

I will choose to be an UP-STANDER, to do my best to be helpful to others, to be a better person, to be responsible for school work and appropriate behavior in school, and to ask for assistance from my counselor and other staff."

Each homeroom at West Rocks has been partnered with one at Ponus Ridge Middle School where students have also signed the pledge. 

8th Grade Counselor Denise Evon said, "Our goal here is to help students become productive, independent, good citizens and we are alwasy instilling good character traits and we are just adding a little more to it now and bring it all together to really focus on these 100 days of no violence so that our kids can really see that it is a doable thing."

"We're hoping they can see that time will pass quickly and we have very few referrals as it is, so we are hoping that this gives them a little more of a push to be even more awesome than they already are," said Joanna DiCerbo the 6th Grade Counselor. 

"Our students are our agents of change. If we want change in our society, we need to start with our young people," added Evon.

100 Days of No Violence will officially begin on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, January 15th and end on April 24th. West Rocks will host the City's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, January 19th. 

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