The Glen Cove High School Hero Club visited Connolly and Landing elementary schools to speak with fifth-grade classes about bullying.
The Hero Club and their adviser Vicki Gordon wanted to prepare the students for middle school by giving them tools to deal with and potentially avoid being the target of bullies, and to help make their transition a positive and empowering experience.
The club started their presentation with a short video created by junior Alizander Lizaso, a Glen Cove High School TV-3 Independent Study student. It continued with students participating in various activities, which included role-playing and games to educate them about the different types of bullying. They also learned about the victims of bullying, those who bully and how to be an upstander rather than a bystander. The fifth-grade students took the Hero Club Pledge and were provided with resources.
According to Gordon, Hero Club President Dana Maderakis and club members planned, organized and worked very hard on the presentations. She said the students enjoyed working with their school community and were happy to have an opportunity to reunite with their fifth-grade teachers.
“It was a fun and valuable experience for all. I am very proud of them,” Gordon said.