Clark Launches Bullying Prevention Program In All 5 District Schools

Director of Curriculum and Instruction Vince Caputo, Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops, 22nd District Assemblywoman Linda Stender, 22nd District Assemblyman Jerry Green, and Valley Road School PTA President Diane Kehrle applaud the speaker at the recent Valley Road School Olweus Kickoff Assembly Program. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — As part of the Clark School District’s ongoing commitment to providing a bully-free environment, the district has launched the nationally acclaimed Olweus Bullying Prevention Program each of the district schools. Olweus is a research-based program that takes steps to end bullying.

Valley Road School, Frank K. Hehnly School, and Carl H. Kumpf Middle School each had a special kickoff day, which featured an assembly program, a carnival, and an assortment of team building activities. The carnival allowed students to work on skills of cheering each other on, while the team building activities allowed the students to work on listening, cooperating, following directions, and getting to know one another.

This is the latest initiative addressing the quest for a bully-free environment in the Clark Schools. This past February eighth grade and high school students attended an assembly program by national presenter John Halligan, whose son, Ryan, commit suicide at age 13 in 2003, as a result of four years of bullying and cyber bullying. Halligan is returning to district in December to speak to the middle school students at the Carl H. Kumpf School.

On Oct. 11, both the Frank K. Hehnly School and Valley Road School launched the Olweus kickoff program. State Assemblywoman Linda Stender and Assemblyman Jerry Green were the keynote speakers at the Valley Road School Kickoff Assembly. Both legislators delivered talks on bullying and their own personal experiences with bullying as children. Each stated their commitment to eliminating bullying in the schools, praised the Clark School District for proactively addressing bullying prevention, and encouraged the five through eleven year olds to treat their classmates and schoolmates with respect and kindness.


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