Hehnly School Launches Anti-Bullying Initiative

Pictured are: Back row - Arthur Hearns (Hands of Life Martial Arts Academy), Bryan Healy, Jim Coleman, and Mike Murray (all from East Coast Conditioning); Front row – Hehnly teacher/Olweus Co-Chair Caitlyn White, Olweus Parent Representative Jill Burkhard, Hehnly Principal Shirley Bergin, Hehnly teacher/Olweus Co-Chair Jennifer Lewis, Hehnly substitute teacher/carnival kick-off speaker Mr. D’Amico. (Photo courtesy of Hehnly School)

CLARK – Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School dedicated the entire day to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program kick-off event on Oct. 11.

The Olweus program was designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. The day started with an assembly from Sensei Arthur Hearns, owner of Hands of Life Martial Arts Academy, in Garwood. Hearns spoke to the students about being “Champions for Life”; the ABC’s of being a champion: attitude, belief and concentration; being focus masters and developing the empowerment to stop bullying.

The classes then split up for team building exercises to work on perseverance, following rules and social development. After a picnic lunch, the school stood united, wearing red shirts, embracing the slogan “Start a Trend, Be a Friend”. The student-made anti-bullying “Links” were joined together and stretched out across the front lawn.

After an inspirational speech from school Principal Shirley Bergin and teacher Mr. D’Amico, the students enjoyed carnival games led by parent volunteers and team building exercises led by Bryan Healy, President of East Coast Conditioning in Clark. The afternoon activities enforced teamwork and an environment of acceptance for all.


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