August Update

Hello Friends,

With less than a month until school’s back in session, I wanted to take a minute to share a few highlights from our after school and summer programs. We had 180 students hit the court for an end-of-the-season 76ers game. Then another crowd of nearly 200 students cheered their way through a Camden Riversharks ballgame. From the ballpark to the classroom, we implemented our character enrichment program in conjunction with our anti-bullying curriculum for students, staff and families in four cities, Vineland, Bridgeton, Millville and Port Norris. Research has shown that the most effective anti-bullying programs are multi-level, and so this summer students engaged in living bully-free interactive lessons, families joined us for fun events focusing on parent and community support, and staff participated in harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) professional development training. Everyone actively engaged in strategies to prevent, reduce, and address bullying, including cyberbulling. Our anti-bullying educators and staff professional development facilitators are able to serve these programs through our cooperation with the Cumberland Empowerment Zone and the 21st Century Grant. We have included some pictures from the activities along with some videos of some of the family events at local schools, along with our Family’s 411 guide to bullying. Big thanks to all of our sponsors that make this possible.