School leaders and city officials gathered at the University of Nebraska – Omaha today for a metro-wide proclamation and signing of a resolution, #BeKind Day. This is to empower young people to make good choices in their own way. The goal is to stop bullying, harassment and altercations – period.
Ralston Superintendent Mark Adler and his wife, Joni spearheaded this campaign as they continue their mission with their personal family story of a tragedy. Adler says, “On January 7th, 2016, we lost our beautiful son, Reid to suicide. Reid was a victim of intimidation, manipulation and cyber bullying. Today, we stand united with leaders from Omaha and Council Bluffs and across Nebraska and Iowa to change the conservation so we can focus on bringing something positive out of something so terribly negative.”
Millard Superintendent Dr. Jim Sutfin says, “Today is a day about saying yes to kindness. Yes to treating others with love and understanding. Yes to posting amazingly positive things about your school and about your friends. Yes to helping somebody who can do nothing for you in return.”
#BeKind is a way to empower young people to make good choices in their own unique way and to help students make positive personal connections in an increasingly digital dominated world.
Metro area mayors, school officials, Omaha Police and Fire educators and students took part in today’s proclamation ceremony.