LSU Lab School Students Present Anti-Bullying Workshop at National Conference
BATON ROUGE – The LSU University Laboratory School, or Lab School, Student Council President Camille Beste and Senior Class President Madeline Blackwood recently presented an anti-bullying workshop at the national Leadership Experience and Development, or LEAD, Conference, in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Association of Student Councils.
The workshop, “We’ve Been There: Creating an Anti-Bullying Mentoring Program,” was based on an initiative which Lab School seniors Beste and Blackwood developed and implemented with the fifth grade classes. More than 65 high school students from across the country participated in their session.
The Lab School project included a visit to the school by anti-bullying activist and consultant Tina Meier in January 2011. Meier is the founder of the Megan Meier foundation, a non-profit organization with the goal of eliminating bullying and cyber-bulling, in the memory of her daughter. Meier travels across the country educating children and teens about bullying, cyber-bullying and Internet safety.
“This was a phenomenal experience for Camille and Madeline as it further developed their leadership abilities and public speaking skills,” said Emily Tarver, high school English instructor and faculty sponsor for the student council. “Their message and experiences with the program, including Tina Meier’s presentation to the U-High student body, were very well received.”
High school junior Kristie Braud, sophomores Louis Gremillion and Hannah Chen, and freshmen Zoe Li and CJ Carver, also represented the Lab School Student Council at numerous workshops and leadership trainings.
Tarver said that the information the students gathered during the conference will guide in planning student council endeavors for the next school year and improve programs already instituted.
“It was a fabulous learning experience for the student council, and we look forward to sharing all that we learned with the Lab School community,” said Beste.
The mission statement of the Lab School student council is “to provide a valuable leadership partnership between students and the school community by promoting student participation and leadership to improve the overall atmosphere and environment of the Lab School Community.”
This academic year alone, student council activities have included the donation of 2,600 pounds of food to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and hosting two blood drives, which resulted in student donations of more than 60 pints of blood to LifeShare Blood Centers.
The Lab School will be a division of LSU’s new College of Human Sciences & Sciences. The new college will consist of six schools: the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the Laboratory School. For more information about the Lab School visit www.uhigh.lsu.edu.