Pawtucket, RI (PRWEB) March 24, 2011
New York Times bestselling author Jodee Blanco captivated more than 300 Catholic school teachers, students and their parents at Catapult Learning’s Anti-Bullying Crusade event held at Saint Raphael Academy last Thursday evening.
“It was so much better than expected… the stories were relatable,” said Simone Kennedy, principal at Saint Teresa School. “You could see the students looking inside themselves saying, this is me. She’s talking about me.”
Mary Carney, principal at Saint Cecilia School observed positive changes the very next day. “I saw some students in the lunchroom move their chairs so they could sit closer to a student who was eating alone.”
Some courageous students shared their own personal stories including Fabio Castro, a senior at Saint Raphael Academy. “She found the words to say what I never could,” Castro said.
Hannah Coderre, another Saint Raphael Academy student related her own experience. “There was a boy in our class we used to call gross,” she said. “We’d leave him out of conversations on purpose. We would use hand sanitizer in front of him to prove a point. I feel so bad about it. I realize it wasn’t cool. I’d love to see him again and ask for his forgiveness.”
“One heck of a presentation,” said Maryann Donohue-Lynch, event host and principal at Saint Raphael Academy. “Ms. Blanco’s message resonated with the students, and she connected with everyone in the room.”
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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 3,800 teachers and staff and provides support to nearly 1,500 schools.