Promoting Awareness and Tolerance

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Third and fourth-grade students at Winthrop Avenue School in Bellmore received practical lessons in safety from Child Abuse Presentation Services (CAPS), a Long Island organization dedicated to preventing bullying and child abuse. During the presentation, the students learned about various types of bullying and the role of the victim, the bystander, and the bully through discussion, activities, and role-play. Focusing on community and empathy, the students learned there are friends and classmates, but no enemies. The program was designed to create safe places where children have the opportunity to share, develop and practice the skills necessary to protect themselves from harm. Additionally, the presentation promoted social skills building and encouraged civility, kindness and compassion toward one another.