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Be a Buddy Not a Bully

Homer Drive Elementary students enjoyed a presentation from their business partner H-E-B November 8, 2017. The H-E-B Buddy League program is primarily for 2nd grade students that promotes diversity and inclusion by inspiring kindness and respect over negative behavior such as teasing, excluding from play and bullying. The program is coordinated by H-E-B Diversity Leadership Councils and is executed by each store with local schools. The motto is ‘Be a Buddy, Not a Bully’.

“I engage students by illustrating messages about having a positive character, having respect for classmates, being helpful, and standing up for others,” said H-E-B Area Community Coordinator Doreen Borel. “My goal is to get the students excited about being a buddy and not a bully. We had a great discussion on inclusion, positive behavior and the negative effects of bullying.”

H-E-B also encourages teachers to nominate a student to receive the H-E-B Buddy League Student Advocate Award online. The award recognizes a student who stands up for others, inspires friendship and kindness and sets an example of outstanding leadership. “This award will hopefully encourage students to try harder all year long to be a Buddy and not a Bully,” said Borel. A panel of partners on the H-E-B Regional Diversity Leadership Council and community leaders will review the nominations. The winning students are named the H-E-B Buddy League Student Advocate Award Winner and will receive recognition at the end of year assembly or morning announcements. Students recognized will receive an H-E-B Buddy League Prize Pack.

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