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New Rochelle Students Stand Up Against Bullying

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Isaac Young Middle School students Charice Watson and Denise Vargas were two of many students who vowed to stand up against bullying through the signing of a commitment banner during International Stand Up to Bullying Day activities at the school Friday.

The central theme was Stand Up Stand Out; Let Your True Colors Show. “We’re making a stand to stop bullying,” said Watson.

Vargas added that there is a learning aspect to the day. “We’re learning how to step up for others that are being bullied,” said Vargas. “You’re not supposed to beat up people.”

The school's sixth through eighth grade students participated in a variety of activities to honor the day in conjunction with the City School District of New Rochelle's Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative involving all schools. Other schools throughout the district are also taking a stand against bullying throughout the year.

The events are designed to raise student awareness and educate students through various interactive games and events, such as playing anti-bullying jeopardy, making posters, and competing in rap and poetry contests in their classrooms.

Students also attended grade level assemblies where instructional videos were played, and lessons were given on the effects of bullying on people. The eighth grade choir concluded the gathering with the singing of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors.

The New Rochelle Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative is part of the Federal Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative, a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice to address concerns about youth violence, substance abuse, and school safety through grants to local community partnerships throughout the country, according to the City of New Rochelle School District.

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program was coordinated by Student Assistance Services, Corp. The program is one of the six community partners working with New Rochelle on the federal initiative.

“Today is a day for everyone to step up and stand out,” said Ann Marie Ambrosino, program on site coordinator . “Don’t be afraid to step up and help somebody.”

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