Heroes & Cool Kids Program Leads Young Students Down The Right Road

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Pictured above are students from Franklin Elementary School, along with Rahway High School students representing Heroes & Cool Kids. (from left to right) Bianca Sanchez, ,Xavier Martinez, Kevin Germain, Tyler West, Elianny Alberto, Tiana Darden, and Joshua Ortiz.  (Photo courtesy of Franklin School)

Pictured above are students from Franklin Elementary School, along with Rahway High School students representing Heroes & Cool Kids. (from left to right) Bianca Sanchez, Xavier Martinez, Kevin Germain, Tyler West, Elianny Alberto, Tiana Darden, and Joshua Ortiz. (Photo courtesy of Franklin School)

RAHWAY — This year marks the 10th anniversary of the “Heroes & Cool Kids” program affiliation with Rahway’s School District.  Throughout the year, high school students representing Heroes & Cool Kids will make three visits to sixth grade classrooms in each of Rahway’s elementary schools.

The first encounter is a social endeavor designed to establish a relationship between the younger and older students. During the second meeting, the high school students talk frankly about their personal experiences with bullying and bad sportsmanship, present possible scenarios, role play and offer alternative behaviors. At the final session, the focus is on substance abuse.

Heroes & Cool Kids, which began operating in 1989, is a not-for-profit organization based in New Jersey. The program utilizes the services of current and former professional athletes whose personal life experiences enable them to train high school student leaders.

 


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