Centennial Day of Service: Teaching respect
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GLSEN on their "No Name Calling Week" project. The project was inspired by a book about a group of seventh graders, just trying to survive the school year in the face of the taunting and bullying that goes on in too many of our schools.
GLSEN has partnered with IBM to create special lesson plans for IBMers to use, to visit their local public schools and talk about the importance of being respectful, and about creating and nurturing positive relationships. This kind of outreach isn't new to IBM; our participation in events such as eWeek is legendary... but instead of talking about science, I'm excited to be talking about one of our IBM values: trust and personal responsibility. It's also a venue that's near and dear to me, because my partner is a middle school teacher!
So in the fall, when schools are back in session, I'll be teaming up with some local IBMers to visit the Arlington Central School District in Poughkeepsie and Lagrangeville, NY. I think it's going to be a lot of fun, and it definitely makes me proud to be an IBMer.