Originally published in The Olympian on November 9, 2022.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, an annual reminder of the impact bullying has on school-age students and what we can do to prevent it.
When my child was bullied in school, it impacted how he was performing academically and his willingness to go to school. That’s when I decided to move him to the Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA), a digital public school. He has been enrolled for two years now and the growth he has made academically blows me away!
Without the constant fear of bullying, he has thrived. His reading, spelling and math have all improved. The WAVA staff are amazing, and we appreciate all their hard work in teaching our kids. WAVA is the best thing we could have done for our son and our family.
One of the most stressful situations children face is how to deal with bullying. I’m grateful that WAVA has provided my son with a learning environment that has allowed him to succeed.
By Joy Gomes, Olympia
To learn more about Washington Virtual Academies, visit https://wava.k12.com/.