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Rotary Club, Rex Putnam thespians teach anti-bullying


Students at Alder Creek Middle School had opportunities early this month to build skills to make ethical choices and to prevent bullying.

On Thursday, April 11, they watched an anti-bullying play written and performed by students from Rex Putnam High School. The grant-funded production traveled to all four of the district’s middle schools.

Then on Friday, members of the North Clackamas-Sunrise Rotary Club led ethics discussion groups with 70 Alder Creek students, teaching them to apply the Rotary’s 81-year-old Four-Way Test to real-life situations that teenagers face today.

Rotarians worldwide follow the Four-Way Test in both their business and personal lives. Here are the questions:

“Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the truth?

2. Is it fair to all concerned?

3. Will it build good will and better friendships?

4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

Before the Rotary event, the middle-school students developed real-life scenarios based on choices made in a particular situation, and how the Four-Way Test would apply. At the event, a Rotary member sat with a group of students and facilitated a round-table discussion about how the Four-Way Test could help them make good decisions, especially when they might be pressured by peers or outside influences.

“It’s so important to share this approach to ethical decision-making with middle-school students because we feel they can use this tool to become a positive influence in our community,” said Rotarian Wayne Wright.