George Anthony (back row, from left) and Lindy P. Crescitelli, Peace Dynamics Consultants, joined Fairview Elementary School Principal Matthew Kirkpatrick and students, Raelynn Santoro (middle row, from left) Thomas Barneo, Christopher Bonin, Matthew Rosinski, Megan Froehlich and Kaitlin Tarter, as well as Jillian LaFrier (front row, from left) Alex Lehotsky, Liam O'Brien, Alec Zenker and Robert Cassin on Monday to discuss anti-bullying practices in school.
The assembly was divided into two 50-minute sessions for grades K-3 and 4-5. The children listened attentively as Mr. Anthony and Mr. Crescitelli demonstrated the importance of recognizing that we are all part of the same community and our actions have an effect on everyone in that community. Their use of key words and lively role-playing provided an entertaining forum for the students to learn valuable lessons and acquire useful tools to resolve conflict. At the end, there was an energetic chorus of young voices pledging to utilize all that they had learned during the program. Christopher Bonin, a fifth grade student, commented on the way out, “Stand Up and Lead” rocks!