The Dwight School Hosts 1st Screening of "Bully" for Students in NYC Featuring Q&A with Director Lee Hirsch

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The Dwight School in New York City and "Bully" Director Lee Hirsch are helping to educate and empower the next generation of change-makers. The School hosted a special screening for students in grades 6-11 of this important documentary and a post-film dialogue with the director.

Today, The Dwight School, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, hosted a screening for students in grades 6-11 of the award-winning film "Bully." The first screening for students in New York City, the event included a post-film Q&A with Director Lee Hirsch.

After seeing the film previously, Dwight Vice Principal Paul Sanders said: “Every student, teacher, parent — and human being — would benefit from seeing this important film. The issues it raises and questions it asks are important to all of us, and to all of our students and community.”

Mr. Hirsch, who was bullied throughout much of his childhood, has created a documentary to spark conversation and change. He said, “I am beyond excited to join the students and faculty of The Dwight School for a special screening of 'Bully.' Together, we are empowering this generation of students to be true change-makers!”

Dwight is dedicated to creating world leaders through academic excellence. Many of its students and alumni become change-makers and advocates for a better world. Oftentimes, their first experience in making a difference comes through the School. Dwight's educational philosophy embraces a global vision, which by nature promotes greater tolerance throughout its diverse community. Dwight’s students and faculty come from over 40 countries. Global vision is one of the School’s three fundamental pillars, in addition to community service and personalized learning.

The first school in the US to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program from preschool-12th grade, Dwight educates students in the IB tradition to be open-minded, principled communicators. Offering them the unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue with Mr. Hirsch exemplifies the School’s commitment to developing caring young people.

After parents were informed in advance about today’s screening, one parent, Paula Reidbord, wrote back, “After being in schools all over the world, there’s something unique about the Dwight community that is incomparable. Thank you for taking the initiative to screen Bully. Dwight never ceases to impress me.”

About The Dwight School: Founded in 1872, Dwight (http://www.dwight.edu) provides a world-class education; and its students are accepted at many leading colleges and universities, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, and the University of Edinburgh.

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