Orthodontic practice to sponsor Upstander Anti-Bullying program for Abbott Middle School

West Bloomfield, MI​ – Spillane & Reynolds Orthodontics, a metro-Detroit-based orthodontic practice, has come forward to partner with Defeat the Label, a Michigan-based and internationally known anti-bullying organization, to sponsor Abbott Middle School for the Defeat the Label Upstander Program.

Bullying has made national headlines as a dangerous (and often deadly) weapon in social situations from elementary to high school students. It can alienate and isolate students, causing fear, insecurity, and even suicidal thinking. The National Education Association recently announced some staggering statistics: every seven minutes, a child in the United States is bullied. Even more concerning: an estimated 160,000 students stay home from school every day for fear of bullying.

After asking their patients to sign an anti-bullying pledge earlier this year, and raising funds to sponsor a school, Spillane & Reynolds Orthodontics has chosen Defeat the Label’s Upstander Program for Abbott Middle School just in time to make a lasting, positive impact on Abbott’s 7th grade class for the entire school year.

The Upstander Program is an 8-month, comprehensive anti-bullying program, during which a Defeat The Label certified educator is brought into classrooms monthly to work with students on various bullying-related issues. With a goal to bring kindness to the forefront of their social consciousness, Defeat The Label empowers students to “Be an Upstander, Not A Bystander”. Students learn through group exercises, discussions and workshops to take a stand in their schools and communities and say, “Enough is enough. No more bullying in my school!”

According to Dr. Jamie Reynolds of Spillane & Reynolds Orthodontics: “We are honored to partner with Defeat the Label in helping the students of Abbott Middle School overcome bullying. In our practice, one of our main goals is to always be the best part of each patient’s day, and we achieve this by working together as a team. We know that the students of Abbott can come together as a team to make their school safe and fun, and we are excited to be able to help them reach this goal.”

About Spillane & Reynolds Orthodontics:​ Spillane & Reynolds Orthodontics has provided metro-Detroit families the highest-quality orthodontic care in a family-based, high-technology practice since 1991. Using proven state-of-the-art technology to enhance treatment, Spillane & Reynolds dedicates itself to offering a unique orthodontic experience that is fun, affordable, interactive and effective, maintaining a commitment to its patients in every facet of the practice. To smart smiling, visit ​www.MyAmazingSmile.com​.

About Defeat the Label:​ Defeat the Label is a 501(c)3 organization with the mission of creating critical awareness about bullying issues. Their objective is to create a movement against bullying. Defeat the Label strives to promote an inclusive, judgment-free society by working with schools, parents and students. All of Defeat the Label’s programs are designed around empowering students to take a stand in their schools and communities and say “Enough is enough, no more bullying in my school!” Please visit ​www.defeatthelabel.com​ to learn more.

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  • MAry Ann Kippola
    October 20, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Start with taking the president to task about his name calling and bullying! Sad example for everyone especially our children!!!!!!!!


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