Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Jericho Middle School recently held their second annual Bully Prevention Kickoff. This year, they held an all-day Walkathon to log miles in demonstrating their commitment to prevent bullying. The kickoff was the brainchild of Joanne Verdino, school social worker, who is also an Olweus Bully Prevention Program trainer.
“The event succeeded beyond our expectations,” said Don Gately, Jericho Middle School principal. “Everyone had a tremendous amount of fun while at the same time learning the essentials of bully prevention.”
The day began with an assembly in which students watched a video of staff talking about their experiences with bullying and about times that they stood up to bullies. Throughout the day, students, staff and families walked around the track to show their sincere commitment to stand up to bullies; 4,267 miles were walked/run by the participants. As Jericho Superintendent Hank Grishman pointed out, this is nearly the amount of miles to travel from New York to San Francisco and back again.
—Jericho School District