District to hold
film contest for ‘Bully X Project 2013’
Wanna be a filmmaker?
Well, students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District can
get a taste of making a film if they win “The Bully X Project
The film contest, part of “Not on Our Watch” (N.O.W.), is
another step in the District’s yearlong campaign to stamp out
bullying behavior in schools. The project encourages students to
submit scripts, songs/raps or poems that tell their peers about
the negative consequences of bullying.
Among the entries, five schools will be chosen to produce their
work in a feature presentation, which will premier at the end of
the school year.
To enter, follow these steps:
Meet with the school’s N.O.W. team and discuss themes, concepts
Create a script, song, rap or poem that is between 3-5 minutes
long and illustrates bullying behavior and how students work to
decrease the frequency of bullying
Each entrant must complete an entry form and submit it to the
school principal by Friday, March 15. Principals will email
scripts, lyrics or poems to
no later than 11 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2013.
In the judging, 50 percent of the scoring will be for the
message -- it must be positive and forward-thinking -- on how
involved students were in the process and on whether the entry
includes N.O.W. as part of its theme.
The concept and approach are 30 percent of the score. They must
be unique. Judges will look to see if entrants used innovative
ways to convey their message.
The final 20 percent of the scoring will be for how easily
understood is the dialogue.
“Bullying will be eliminated in our schools only if students are
empowered to stand up and speak out against bullying behaviors,”
said Gayle Gadison, manager of Social Studies. “The Bully
X Project allows CMSD students to use their voices to educate
their peers about the urgency of creating bully-free schools.”