Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bullying, a GIVEAWAY, and SALE!!

Happy Fall Y'All,

So it is officially fall, although in sunny Florida, I'm not quite feelin' it yet! This is definitely my favorite time of year. I love that my pumpkin spice coffee is back, the holidays are approaching, and the cooler weather is on the way (hopefully!).
Today, I'm here to share something very personal with experience with bullying. This is not easy for me to talk about, but I figured if I can open up to anybody about it, it would be you.
Anti-bullying awareness is something that I am very passionate about. When I went to my PTA convention over the summer, I went to a class where another county had put on an amazing anti-bullying program for their community and it hit home for me...because I, like many of you, endured bullying while I was growing up.

The neighborhood kids decided that I was their target for bullying when I was in elementary & middle school. I got called names, pushed around, picked on, you name it. It was the most horrible experience of my life and went on for years. It completely destroyed my self esteem and still affects me to this day.
No matter how good that I do, I still don't have the confidence in my abilities as a person. I have trouble trusting anybody or looking them in the eye, until I get to know them and their intentions. I would never wish feeling this way on anybody.

At 30 years old, I'm finally beginning to realize that I am a good person and that I didn't deserve to be treated the way that I was treated growing up. I am beginning to realize my self-worth. However, this is an experience that is stuck with my for life. It makes me angry and sad inside that I don't have the confidence that I see many of my friends have. With that being said, I am taking my experiences and turning it around to use as something positive. Our PTA is having a bullying & internet safety fair in January that I am helping to coordinate. I just received word yesterday that I received a grant for $250 to get materials for that night. I feel like the event is well on it's way.

I also created this anti-bullying program for any classroom:
Click on the picture to take a look.

October is anti-bullying month. I put every ounce of energy into this packet because it is something that is near to my heart. I am nothing but dedicated to educating children about bullying. I hear how much bullying is affecting children in our schools and society and it breaks my heart to know that these children may be affected in the same way that so many of us have been affected by it.
* I am giving away this packet to 2 people. Please leave your name, email and a comment below. I will pick the winner by rafflecopter tomorrow morning.
Also, I am having a sale in my TPT store today and tomorrow. Everything will be 20% off including my new bullying pack. Click on the picture to take you to my store.

Thank you for taking the time to read and listen,


  1. This packet looks and sounds amazing! I appreciate your hard work on it- bullying is such a huge issue in schools today and something we have been trying to combat for years at my school (with mixed success). I'm so excited to see a teacher-created resource and would love to win & use it in my class this year :) Many thanks!

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  2. Thanks for sharing your story! Believe me when I say you are not alone!!! I was watching the X Factor a couple weeks ago and there was a girl on there who shared her story of being bullied and by the end I had tears just streaming down my face. Bullying is a real issue that needs to be discussed in every classroom. We have a great anti-bullying program at our school, but it hasn't disappeared.

    Your pack looks adorable. You are a brave girl and I think you're just amazing! Your products are adorable and your blog is full of amazing ideas! :) I think you rock!!


  3. I love this! Perfect for anti-bullying week this coming week!

    Teach With Laughter

  4. Congratulations on your grant! Thank you for sharing such a personal story. Love your work!

  5. Bullying is insidious and should not be tolerated at any level. Thanks for the great pack! I'm so glad you are gaining confidence - you really should, because you are AMAAAAAAZING!!!
    Growing Firsties

  6. Thanks for sharing your personal story! I was overweight as a until 8th grade and remember the feelings of being hurt with words and actions. Thanks for the chance to win:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  7. What a great campaign to take part of! Thanks for sharing!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  8. Lisa,

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. I am very passionate about anti-bullying, as well. Congratulations to you on getting your grant. That's just wonderful. I've no doubt that you will do great things with that money.

    ΡΌ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  9. Thanks so much for sharing! Would love your bullying product!
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

  10. Thanks for sharing your story- and I agree with Lisa, I'm so glad you're building your confidence now because seriously, you are amazing! I think everyone could probably relate to being a victim of bullying at least in one point in their life. I love your packet!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  11. Thank you for sharing your story. Anything to stop those bullies in their tracks!!
    Teaching in the Valley

    1. Oops, forgot my email!

  12. Thank you for sharing such a personal story. Your strength and activism is an inspiration! Bullying is an epidemic and I'd love to win your packet to use in my classroom.


  13. Thank you for sharing your story. I too, was a target of bullying, and my son has been too. It's amazing how events like that can effect you throughout your life.

    Learning With Susie Q

  14. Oh I would love to win! Thanks for coming up with such a neat idea!

  15. Lisa, Thanks so much for sharing your story with us and congratulations on receiving the grant. I recall a lot of bullying at my school growing up - but not between the 'popular' and 'not-so-popular' kids, but between friends. The boys weren't so bad, but the girls were terrible! It was like the group chose one of their friends to be on the outs each week and was treated terribly. They were an outcase until the group decided to make up with them. I think sometimes we forget to teach that the bullies, may at times, be your friends! Your anti-bullying pack looks awesome!

    Down Under Teacher

  16. Thanks for sharing your personal story...I so admire how you have taken a bad experience and become proactive in helping stop the problem.

    I'm your newest follower and hope you'll have a chance to stop by my site also.

    Granny Goes to School

  17. I am so sorry for what you had to endure growing up. Thank you for having the courage to put it out in the open.

    I would love to win this pack because in second grade we don't have a bullying problem, but I do see that some children are headed down that path with their words or actions. THis would hopefully nip some of that in the bud.

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  18. Lisa - I know you know this already, but I just want to tell you anyway - You are not alone. And if you ever need a shoulder, I am here. Thanks for sharing that very personal story. Your packet looks fantastic. Good luck with your endeavour. I'm so happy that so much good has come out of all this for you.


  19. Awesome, thank you for searching deep within and putting everything on the line to help prevent more children from having to endure what you did!

  20. I saw your packet on tpt before I saw this post. I have it on my wishlist since all my money is going to a kitchen remodel right now.

    I am sorry you experienced that growing up. It's my hope that these kinds of resources will help put an end to such awful behavior.

    Thanks for making such a great resource!
    Totally Terrific Teaching

  21. Your unit looks great!!! I too am passionate about anti-bullying. Last year, my son was being bullied as a seventh grade middle school student. I am not sure who was more upset...him, or me!(as a teacher, I marched into his school and was outraged!!!!)(I even had to call the police because the mother of the son who was bullying my son came to my house to bully ME!!!!!) It is so hard to help children understand why children bully others. Your unit is an amazing beginning to combat a horrible problem which STILL exists today!

  22. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. I definitely do not want to go back to High School - was not the best days! I have pinned your packet so hopefully it gets some exposure.

    Congratulations on receiving your grant and best wishes with implementing the program at your school!


  23. If I was your friend back then I would have your back girl...just like I do today! Luv ya!

    Mrs.G's Kindergarten in Heels

  24. Hi Lisa,
    Your story touched me deeply!! Thank you for opening up and sharing your experience with us. I too was the victim of teasing in middle school for having an ample bosom at such a young age, so I know your pain=it cuts deep!! Congrats on being nominated for teacher of the year!!!
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  25. What a way to help spread your story by sharing this packet! I will be sharing throughout my school! Thank you!

    Jen Aceves (a fellow Pirate theme-er)

  26. I admire you for sharing your story. Your packet looks great! It's on my wishlist. I remember times when other kids said mean things to me. What they say about sticks and stones is definitely NOT true. Thanks for sharing.
    First Grade Found Me

  27. I'm so glad you can take your negative story and turn it into something positive! That's what is great about the society we live in!