No Bully Rhode Island in the News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence Public School District today announced the adoption of the “No Bully” program in seven of its elementary and middle schools.

The program, which uses the power of empathy to stop and prevent bullying, is supported by Hasbro Inc. and its BE FEARLESS BE KIND philanthropic initiative. The program empowers kids to have the compassion and courage to stand up for others, to be inclusive and to make a difference in the world.

According to the nonprofit organization No Bully, “Positive psychology and evolutionary biology indicate that all youth, including those involved in bullying, demonstrate compassion and inclusiveness when their school invests in the culture that support these behaviors.”

Schools participating in the program are Bailey Elementary School, Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, Carl G. Lauro Elementary School, George J. West Elementary School, DelSesto Middle School, Esek Hopkins Middle School and West Broadway Middle School.

No Bully is training school personnel to recognize and interrupt student bullying. A team of teachers at each school are learning to become coaches and bring together teams of students to resolve bullying and harassment.

Throughout the year, parents will be invited to attend workshops across the city where they can also learn how to prevent their child from being a bully or a target.

Supt. Christopher Maher said, “The No Bully program is an ideal fit for Providence Schools, and we are tremendously grateful to Hasbro for making this partnership possible. The program not only expands upon the work we are already doing to combat bullying and cyberbullying, but it also fits well with our district-wide work in social emotional learning. As students learn to be more respectful and compassionate toward each other, they help to build a nurturing and supportive culture in which deep learning can take place.”


This article was first published in the Providence Journal on February 21, 2018. You can view the original article here.