Spaulding Youth Center recently held its annual campus-wide Diversity and Acceptance Poster Contest. The contest invited students to create posters using messaging that celebrated the topics of diversity, acceptance and anti-bullying. More than 50 posters were submitted throughout the month, proudly displayed in the campus dining hall, and recently judged on campus.
Spaulding staff developed thorough lesson plans focused on diversity and acceptance as well as shared published resources, such as anti-bullying videos and stories. Prior to creating the posters, students were asked about their personal experiences with bullying, especially when it involved perceived differences.
According to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, one of every five students reports being bullied during the school year. The percentage of individuals who have experienced online cyberbullying has nearly doubled over the past decade. A poster contest can act as a therapeutic activity to help students heal by sharing their experiences. These contests also bring attention to the topic of acceptance and the significance of celebrating diversity. The following individual and group awards were given out by the judges: Best Classroom Award; Best Residential Award; Best Small Group Award; Most Creative Award; Most Colorful Award; Best Message Award; and Best Staff Submission Award.