CAMDEN — Fifth graders at Preble Shawnee are participating in a new program which aims to help them relate to each other and “fuse” with their peers in a positive way.
The students were introduced to FUSE during an event on Monday, Oct. 23.
“The hope is that through participation in the program, the student peer relationships will ‘FUSE’ together,” PS Middle School Principal Jennifer Taulbee said last week. “There are several games and activities that encourage students to think about their interactions with one another. We are providing this program as an approach to be proactive in teaching our students to be kind to one another. Also, that even though they are all in the same grade — their school experiences may be very different.”
“The hope is that they will appreciate their differences,” Taulbee added.
“With 90 percent of students in grades 4-8 reporting to have been harassed or bullied, FUSE is our response to the challenge to help younger students to relate with each other in positive ways,” FUSE organizers explain on their website. “Taking the time to listen to one another and developing authentic relationships may seem like a lost art in these times of social media and text messaging, but FUSE allows students an opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills.
FUSE pursues two key outcomes: providing a whole grade of students a variety of experiences where new friendships can be ignited; and guiding students through a process of discovery where individuals choose to reconcile and mend broken relationships.
The FUSE experience is a three-hour event filled with high energy games, engaging talks, discovery activities and authentic group dialogue. Taking the time to listen to one another and developing authentic relationships may seem like a lost art in these times of social media and text messaging, but FUSE allows students an opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills.
Topics focus on learning more about one another with exercises such as “If you were my best friend you’d know…”, celebrating uniqueness with “Everybody is weird,” and calling out past hurts such as exclusion, stereotyping, and bullying, according to officials.
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