Polk County Middle School counselors recently kicked off Take a STAND, a month-long effort focused on an anti-bullying theme.

STAND is an acronym for Show good character, Treat everyone with kindness, respect and dignity, Always report bullying, Never bully others and Do your best to help anyone who is bullied.

All Polk Middle students will be reading the book “I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World” in their English and Language Arts classes. The counseling department has partnered with the ELA department for a school-wide event focusing on the Take a STAND theme and Malala Yousafzai’s brave story of standing up for those that were not allowed to go to school.

Students also watched a brief video about Malala and then received a PCMS STAND pencil. Mini-posters have been hung in all classrooms and there will be events throughout the month focusing on the theme.