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be nice. update!

Posted on: January 24, 2013, 12:24 PM


Here at the MHF, we have had many opportunities to spread the be nice. message! We have had an awesome start to the New Year!! Here are a few updates:

Where has be nice. been?

Since November, the be nice. message has spread through workshops and Leadership groups in the following schools, and has been met with a wonderful response:

River City Scholars

Here we rocked out our new and improved Elementary full-day workshop!! Such great kids; ready to learn!

North Godwin Elementary

Another great elementary workshop capped off with the entire school dancing to "What is Godwin’s Style?"!

East Grand Rapids High

This Leadership group is intense; their annual Kabookie week is coming up…they are ready to honor a previous classmate, tell his story, and point out the awesome connections his message has with be nice.!

Rockford High

A Leadership group that will be practicing SPORTSMANSHIP at an upcoming Rockford vs. Grandville girl’s basketball game. be nice.!

Grandview Elementary

Yet another wonderful elementary workshop full of enthusiasm, storytelling, personal pledges and an awesome all-school assembly!

Century Park Learning Center

Students made personal goals to be nice. in specific ways, and hung them on banners throughout the school.

Spring Lake High

The Leadership group, with help from the MHF, put on a sobering, intense assembly for the student body that got to the heart of the be nice. message…saving lives! What an amazing job you did!

Zeeland East/West Highs

Leadership groups currently formulating a plan for their all-school assemblies. Also, look for the Zealand be nice. Leadership FLOAT in the Tulip Time Parade!!

Westwood Middle (GRPS)

With help from Wingman from 105.3, we rocked out with Westwood style and really hammered home the importance of making good choices and the effect those choices can have on ourselves and others.

Grandville High

Great Leadership group. Students have a lot of incredible stuff in store for their community this month. Shhhh…it’s a secret!!

be nice. at the Bullying Summit

This month, the Foundation also had the honor of presenting at the Michigan Bullying Prevention Summit. We met Attorney General Bill Schuette and singer/songwriter/motivational speaker Keenan West, who are both doing big things to combat bullying. Christy Buck was a breakout speaker, and we made some exciting contacts with school leaders from all over the state! Lots of work to do! Stay tuned!

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News and Events

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) The topic of bullying is one that has dominated national conversation for years. An effort that started in West Michigan to combat bullying is the “Be Nice” campaign.

Christy Buck and her team from the Mental Health Foundation just returned from a school district in Ohio. They were invited by the school after an incident that grabbed national headlines. Ten-year-old Jetta Fosberg was bullied after she cut 14 inches off her hair to donate to Wigs for Kids, in honor of her grandparents. The bullying got so bad, she had to be pulled out of school. Eventually, the school reached out to the Be Nice team to bring the program to its students.

Buck says evidence shows the Be Nice program is working to change the culture in schools and prevent bullying. To learn more, visit the Be Nice website.

The Be Nice team will be at the Kids and Family Expo at DeVos Place on Saturday, January 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be activities, a zip line, music, food, education, and crafts. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids ages 3-15.

Click here for the full story. 


Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration Presented by the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation 


Stomp Out Stigma

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Join this amazing annual fundraiser beginning at the Grand Valley Downtown Pew Campus! 

Click here to register today! 

“You may not see the sun, but it has not failed to shine. It is just being covered. You may not see a hope for something better, but there is.”
“You are more than your worries.”
“Keep your heads held high and your attitudes higher.”
These are just a few recent encouraging tweets from @zeelandbenice, a group at Zeeland High School on a mission to spread love and support for their peers.

Grand Rapids area clinician, Jim Bottenhorn, discusses the possible causes behind the recent string of youth violence in the local area.

We are one of the 8 finalists for the Connecting with Community Award!

We want to say a big "THANK YOU!" to the Kent County Medical Society Alliance for choosing the MHF!

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- January 28, 2014

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