Monday, February 20, 2012


Council Member Oliver Koppell visited a number of schools in his district during Respect For All Week to discuss the harmful effects of bullying and to reinforce the importance of appreciating diversity and respecting one another.

The Department of Education designated February 13th – 17th 2012 as Respect For All Week, in an effort to encourage schools to provide activities for students that promote harmony and cooperation and discourage bullying and harassment.

At PS 24, Koppell talked with students about the “random acts of kindness” that they had posted on bulletin boards decorated with hearts throughout the school and how this thoughtfulness made them feel. He also visited a class doing a Conflict Resolution lesson and shared his thoughts about the value of discussion rather then aggression in settling disputes.

At PS 7, PS 56 and PS 16, Koppell spoke about the harmful effects of bullying and the need to recognize that everyone deserves to be treated with courtesy and consideration.

“We have all heard about the tragic effects of bullying and the steps schools might have taken to prevent such tragedies.  I am pleased to participate in the joint effort of the DOE and the Council to raise awareness of this issue and to help schools create an environment where all students feel safe and respected,” Koppell said.

       Councilman Koppell at one of the public schools in his district.

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