Leaving a Positive Footprint

Students at a California elementary school learn about the impact of bullying and lead a cross-grade project to create a more inclusive and welcoming school community.

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We've been working all year on our promise to keep dreamers safe. What is bullying? I'd like for someone to share out your experience and how it made you feel.

I was talking Spanish with someone, and another kid just came along and he just told us to stop talking Mexican, and it hurt my feelings.

I would get bullied, and instead of focusing on my work, I would think what would happen next during recess, or during lunch, or after school.

I've heard that there's been a lot of bullying, and no one would do anything. They'd always just be bystanders. But now like this year, it's really changed, and like now someone would tell an adult that something happened, and they'd be an upstander.

Tell me of a time when you were an upstander and the challenges that came with it.

I got a FaceTime from Angie. She said that she was getting bullied on Instagram. So I had to write a comment and tell her to stop bullying her. So at that time, I was being an upstander by helping stop the bullying, the cyber bullying.

Us, as the sixth grade students, we felt that just talking about it wasn't enough, and that we should be doing something about it.

You want people to know that wherever you go, you should leave a positive footprint. And we wrote our positive messages for everyone to see. Be an upstander, just stand up for people that can't.

They're always there for you. You can always count on someone to be an upstander for you. Just like call them and just ask them like, hey, can you help me out with a problem? And they'll always be there for you.

I want to leave a message that says be nice to others. Like, right here it says show respect to others. I just want to leave a good, positive footprint.

Don't pretend to be someone you're not and don't change yourself. Be you.

I'm going to ask the first graders if they want to make footprints with us so they can leave their own little positive message.

Because the younger we teach them, the longer it's going to last.

We want to stop bullying and to have a better school so you wouldn't feel scared when you come to school.

I was called, I don't like you, and I felt really bad.

I was walking to school once, and the person from school kicked me. It made me feel sad.

Would you first graders like to be upstanders and like to post your own positive footprints around school?


We're going to go to the cafeteria and make our footprints now.


Sixth graders, you're going to help your first graders find their own positive messages.

It says stop bullying and what else?

Be an upstander.

Okay, color it in. First one is bully-free zone.

Right here?

Bullying is bad. You should be an upstander.

To show positive things on the footprints.

Help people that are being bullied.


She likes it how she left her footprint on the wall remembering her, so people can remember her by.

I did this because I don't like bullies, and I like to be nice to people.


Every year from now on, they're going to start making footprints around the school.

I think this project will go really far in the future. I think I'll get bigger and bigger and it'll grow, and we'll just like look back, and we'll just be proud of what we've done.

Not in our school. Leave a positive footprint in your school.

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