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PA students recognize ‘The Power of One’

October 12. 2013 5:34PM

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On World Day of Bullying Prevention, held on Oct. 1 at Pittston Area, hundreds of Pittston Area students were seen wearing blue T-shirts with the phrase, “The Power of One.” And no, we’re not talking about math.

The Zero Conflict Club, moderated by James Blaskiewicz, is a club dedicated to the prevention of bullying and implicated the World Day of Bullying Prevention for the first time last year.

So, if we’re not talking about exponents in math, what are we talking about? The Pittston Area School District is talking about being an upstander to bullying.

What is an upstander?

An upstander is someone who stands up for someone being bullied and does everything in their power to stop a bully.

The phrase “The Power of One” came from Marina Maida, a junior at Pittston Area. She competed in the Miss America Pennsylvania local and state pageants and the issue she chose to speak about was bullying, which led to her platform being titled “The Power of One: Bullying and Suicide Awareness.”

The Power of One is about one act of kindness each day, one word of encouragement, one person being able to make a difference, one person taking a stand for what’s right, one person who stands up for someone being bullied and one person who stands up to the bully. I

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