Hodges Bend MS joins campaign to “Block Out Violence” 

Eighth grade student Andy Doan was a walking bill board during the campaign.

Eighth grade student Andy Doan was a walking bill board during the campaign.

To demonstrate their commitment to promoting non-violence, anti-bullying, and acceptance of others, students and staff at Hodges Bend Middle School are taking part in The D12 Foundation’s “Block Out Violence” campaign. Sponsored by Houston Rockets Player Dwight Howard, the campaign invites secondary schools to launch school-wide campaigns with the goal of creating safe campuses and ultimately, safe communities.

As part of its school-wide campaign, Hodges Bend hosted various student activities, including:

• Black Out Day – where students and staff wore black clothing, and decorated classroom doors and bulletin boards around the school

• Non-Violence on the Go – which involved PALS members making morning announcements and distributing information to each student’s locker providing statistics about bullying and prevention using non-violent approaches

• Black Out Pledge – in which students and staff recited, confirming their promise to promote non-violence in schools

Leading the campaign at Hodges Bend were Committee Advisor Amber Grady, assisted by Kimberly Bloom.

“It warmed my heart to see our students united together to support a worthy cause,” said Grady, “Our students, as well as our faculty and staff, were excited and eager to take part in the many activities we coordinated to promote non-violence.”

The junior high and senior high school to host the most creative and impactful campaign that generates school-wide participation will be named the “D12 Block Out Violence” School. The winning schools will also receive a “Block Party” with Dwight Howard, a Suite Night at a Rockets game with on-court recognition, and a feature on rockets.com and on the Dwight Howard Show on Comcast Sports Net.Houston.

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