Hello, my name is Ernest Perez and I’m a proud parent/resident of the Lowell Neighborhood. I have lived in this great community since 2010 and at one time or another have had my children attend Lowell Elementary.
For the school year of 2010/2011 I had my son, Dominic, enrolled at Lowell as a 1st grader. Shortly after the beginning of the year I came to realize that “bullying” was a serious problem at the school. Like any parent would (I hope) I voiced my concerns to the principal asking him to help make “Bullying” stop or at least minimized. My main goal for that school was for it to be the safest learning environment possible. I am a strong believer that learning is easier if the child feels safe and comfortable.
After a couple of months of going back and forth with the principal, I felt I was getting nowhere. So I took my complaint to the district level and shortly thereafter they implemented an anti-bullying program at Lowell. I watched as the campus slowly, but surely, worked the program and started to change the campus atmosphere for the positive.
Not wanting to be the type of parent that just complains I would volunteer my time (and still do) at the school. But that was not enough for me because I really wanted to reward the children for their hard work and dedication to help stop bullying. So I spoke with the principal and asked him what WE could do for the kids? We kicked the idea around for a bit and came to the conclusion that we would have an anti-bullying reward celebration for them. So on May 27th of 2011 we had our first Lowell Elementary Anti-Bullying Reward Celebration. We had everything donated and everything was free for the kids and their families. On June 1st of 2012 we had our 2nd annual event and it was bigger and better. Again everything was donated and free to the kids and their families. The 3rd annual event was on April 6th, 2013.
For those of you who don’t know, Lowell Elementary has improved their test scores so much that they are no longer a program improvement school. We really believe that this is directly linked to a safer school environment. I really appreciate the school and the students for their hard work. Peace.