Bestselling Author Jodee Blanco, Catapult Learning and Local Students Join Forces in Anti-Bullying Crusade

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Free Community Anti-Bullying Seminar and Book Signing—Record Turnout Expected

Jodee Blanco, New York Times bestselling author and activist, will be giving a free seminar open to the public on school bullying survival and prevention. The event will be sponsored by Catapult Learning.

In recognition of the event, students from Woodlawn Catholic, St. Teresa’s, St. Cecilia’s and St. Raphael Academy will share their bullying experiences, decorate an “anti-bullying” pledge wall and wear special “golden rule” awareness bracelets. The event will be held at St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, RI on March 17th at 7:00 p.m. The St. Raphael Academy cheerleaders will kick-off the event by performing their own cheer about bully prevention.

The seminar will include a 90-minute workshop featuring Blanco’s compelling personal story of her struggle from fifth grade through high school as the target of severe school bullying. Blanco’s workshop will include specific, practical intervention advice for parents, victims, bullies and bystanders. In addition, Blanco will address the plight of the “adult survivor of peer abuse,” and offer suggestions on how to overcome open wounds from the past.

“The students and staff have been preparing for weeks and are genuinely excited about the event. We promote the golden rule throughout the school year and reward random acts of kindness; it’s a perfect fit with our mission” said Maryann Donohue-Lynch, Principal at St. Raphael Academy.

Educators, parents, students or anyone coping with painful memories of peer abuse are encouraged to attend. At the conclusion of the presentation Jodee will sign copies of her New York Times bestseller Please Stop Laughing at Me... and the award winning sequel Please Stop Laughing at Us….

About Catapult Learning
For more than 35 years, Catapult Learning has partnered with schools and school districts to help boost the academic achievement of struggling K-12 students. Catapult’s managed instructional programs, customized support and professional development services for educators are all designed for flexibility in order to align with each school’s unique culture. Today, Catapult Learning employs 3,000 teachers and staff and provides support to nearly 1,500 schools.


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