The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School Holds "Respect Week" Assemblies At Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary
The first week of October is the annual "Week of Respect" for public schools in New Jersey. This initiative is to bring awareness and aid in the prevention of bullying on campuses. As part of this the week, Kent Place School students, faculty members, and staff from the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School traveled to Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary in Summit for special programming on October 3.
Three different assemblies were held for Grades 1 through 5. The events were about the importance of respect and in particular, promise-keeping. Kent Place Middle School Peer Mediators –– seventh- and eighth-graders at Kent Place who are selected and trained in conflict resolution and problem-solving –– presented a skit about a young student who had to choose between honoring a past commitment for a play date or accepting an invitation from a friend she prefers. The skit was "paused" at various points for the students to talk about the issues raised and to offer ideas for how best to resolve the conflict.
"I think this event was important because it educated the Lincoln-Hubbard students about the importance of respect," stated Kent Place seventh-grade peer mediator Annalisa Abbate. "I was so happy to be able to work with the kids at Lincoln-Hubbard."
The event, spearheaded by The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School, is held annually, and the Ethics Institute hopes to continue this partnership with Lincoln-Hubbard for many years to come.
"The collaborative effort between Lincoln-Hubbard and the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School continues to be a powerful community partnership as we seek to instill in our students the values of respect, empathy, and kindness both at home and in school," said Dr. Karen Rezach, Director of the Ethics Insitute at Kent Place School. "I am grateful to Lincoln-Hubbard Principal, Mr. Carlin, and KPS alumna, Nina Tiger '86, for the invitation and opportunity to work with their students. It is truly one of the highlights of the year!"
Fourteen Kent Place peer mediators participated in the event. Kent Place faculty members Dr. Adunni Anderson, Director of the Primary School, Joan Wilson, School Social Worker and Health Educator, and John Walz, Librarian also attended.
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