Students from Mockingbird Elementary and the University of Nebraska Omaha will address the important issue of bullying on Tuesday through games and books they designed.
As part of the day’s events, students from Mockingbird will formally present their projects to students from UNO, which will later be donated to the KidsCan! Community Center.
Students from both schools have visited often throughout the semester, during which time UNO students informed their sixth-grade counterparts about important issues related to bullying and how to reduce it.
The project is part of a semester-long service learning effort coordinated by UNO’s P-16 Initiative. As part of UNO’s Service Learning Academy, the P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between three key groups: UNO students and their teachers, preschool through high school students and their teachers and community organizations and their members.
Through these service-learning partnerships, P-16 brings the classroom into the community through application of education to find solutions to real-life problems.
The games and books are designed to provide positive peer dialogue opportunities in a way that speaks to the age group most vulnerable to bullying.