Days before, Iron Mountain High School and Central Middle School students and staff participated in a classroom activity led by members of the school be nice. group. Students were provided a list of statements and were asked to anonymously choose which statements they related to. Statements included phrases such as, “Bullying has affected me or someone I love,” and “Sometimes I don’t like who I am as a person.”
Be nice. advisors then gathered the information, and the group members presented the eye-opening data to the middle and high school student body after their “Stand Up for Another” activity. Through this activity and assembly, the club set out to show the student body they are not alone in thinking certain thoughts and to bring awareness to the importance of prioritizing mental health.
Be nice. is a student led group with the mission of de-stigmatizing mental health issues and preventing bullying. The activity and assembly was suggested by be nice. Co-chair, junior Hailey Greenleaf, who participated in a similar event at a MYLead student leadership conference at Michigan State University in the spring of 2022. "I learned a lot at the MyLead conference, but the biggest thing that has stuck with me since last May is this activity. It was just eye opening to see that young people all across Michigan are going through the same things even if they do not say it out loud. As soon as we did this activity there, I knew I wanted to bring it back to IMHS, so that others could see that they are not alone."