North Branch Area Middle School Principal Todd Tetzlaff told the School Board at its May 11 meeting that “lots of efforts have been underway to make our school a positive place for our staff to work and a positive place for our students to learn.”
Those efforts have been spearheaded by some middle school students on the student council, and as a result the school has been recognized by the The Youth Advisory Boards of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center with a Faces of Change award.
“We were recognized for our efforts with Unity Day in the fall,” Tetzlaff said, noting that the day included anti-bullying activities that culminated with the students being allowed to participate in an orange color cloud outside the school.
“The student council also organized the student ‘shout out’ process, where the students are recognizing each other —being kind to each other, being considerate to each other,” Tetzlaff continued.
NBAMS student council coordinator Pam Newbauer then took the podium in front of the School Board and expanded on Tetzlaff’s comments.
She said Brian Bossard Hannah and Julia Van Dyke and Justine Joyal have been “representing very well on the student council, and they’ve been a very active part of what we’ve done this year.”
Newbauer noted she contacted the PACER Center and sent some photos in following Unity Day, and the organization contacted her back in the winter and encouraged her to apply for the Faces of Change Award.
“We’re thrilled, just a couple weeks ago, to get the go-ahead and the notification that we were awarded this, one of eight schools in the nation,” she said. “We will be going to Bloomington on May 25 with these kids and about eight others, Mr. Tetzlaff and I, to formally accept the award at an awards ceremony. We’re happy to represent North Branch Area Public Schools. We accept the award on behalf of our whole staff and our whole student population.”