TEANECK, N.J. — Teaneck is one of several schools hosting a Week of Respect beginning Oct. 5 through 9 to remind students the importance of getting along.
The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, passed in 2010, requires that the week beginning with the first Monday in October of each year receive the designation.
“It’s something we would do anyway and it sets a nice tone for the year,” Teaneck Schools Supt. Barbara Pinsak said. “Our kids are more successful learners if they are comfortable in their environment and accepted by other people," she said. "Since we have such a diverse community, the kids have the opportunity to learn about kids of different religions, kids of different cultures.”
Throughout the week, each of the schools will host a variety of activities depending on the age and grade of students.
Bryant Elementary School will have the children sing a song of respect, do a dance and see a puppet show. At the Benjamin Franklin Middle School there will be an informative harassment, intimidation and bullying slide show for each grade and activities about respect, standing up for students who are being targeted and learning about the dangers of stereotyping.
In addition, state Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle will stop by the Teaneck school district during the week.
“I think its important what we do this week and it’s important to carry this theme throughout the year,” Pinsak said.
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