The "Beat Bullying" Campaign

Objectives for High School Students

  • Compare and contrast bullying issues children with cleft lip/palate face in the U.S. and China.
  • Analyze statistical data and draw conclusions.
  • Reinforce math skills through diagrams, graphs, and charts.
  • Develop an anti-bullying campaign through creativity and teamwork.

Materials: Smile Train partner story: "A Smile at the Roof of the World," online access, graph paper

Build Background

(Duration: 30 min. - 1 hr.)

Briefly discuss bullying issues affecting young adults, such as disabilities, obesity, cliques, etc. Give students basic questions about cleft lip and palate, including: What is a cleft lip/palate? How many people are born with a cleft lip/palate in the U.S.? Is there a cure for cleft lip/ palate? Have students work in pairs to find the answers online. Pairs should present their findings to the class. Make connections to the topic of "bullying."

Make Connections

(Duration: 1 - 2 hr.)

Have students read the personal story "A Smile at the Roof of the World." Students will research facts about China on Smile Train's China page and the CIA World Factbook. Ask students to compare country statistics (such as population living below the poverty level, household incomes, and density of physicians) and draw conclusions. Example: "The reason why fewer people in China get cleft lip and palate surgery may be due to the number of physicians. In China, there are only 1.4 physicians for every 1,000 patients. In the U.S., there are almost 3 physicians for every 1,000 patients." Have pairs create a bar graph or pie chart to support their conclusions.

Class Project

(Duration: 2 hrs.)

Students will research what makes a good campaign and then create one including a slogan, main message, best method of fundraising, and goals. Examples of campaigns can include school presentations, flyers/posters, commercials on the school's TV channel, and ads run during morning announcements. Students will create an online fundraising page and begin putting their campaigns into action. They can continue tracking fundraising efforts during the school year.