Dare to Care
At WES, we Dare to Care! The Dare to Care program is a nationally acclaimed anti-bullying program. Its approach is multi-pronged, focusing on developing empathy and cross grade relationships between students AND teaching important anti-bullying skills and ideals to the students. Every year, WES students in grade five participate in a very intense full day program called the Take the Time Day. The Take the T.I.M.E. Day is a combination of assembly style presentations, small group activities, games and larger group discussions. Through the carefully designed progression of activities, students are better able to understand the damage that bullying, cliques, peer pressure, racism, and oppression can cause in individuals and communities. As well, because the goal of the Dare to Care program is to mobilize the silent majority of students into action, the Take The T.I.M.E. Day provides several forums for students to talk about their fears and why they remain silent during bullying situations. Throughout the student day, participants discover that there is strength in numbers and that they truly do have the power to make significant changes in their school climate. Through the process of the student day, students, teachers, and parents are shown how to shift the imbalance of power to create the school of their dreams. As well as the Take the TIME Day for the grade five students, ECS – grade 4 students receive information from the Dare to Care program through assembly style presentations. With these students, Dare to Care program leaders focus on how bullying hurts others, give ways to deal with bullying situations, and ways to stop bullying from happening. Dare to Care program visits to our school are partially sponsored by WEPA and by the WOW program, and we are very grateful to both of these groups for their assistance in helping to bring the Dare to Care program to WES.
In addition to these anti-bullying presentations and activities, students at WES participate in Dare to Care cross grade activities and multi age groups to get to know each other better, develop cross grade relationships and develop empathy for others. These multi age groups are led by WES teachers, and usually meet every other month for planned activities designed to help the groups build, maintain and strengthen friendships and a feeling of belonging.