November 15, 2013

Peel board students, staff 'choose action' during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Harlem Globetrotter Alumni to deliver anti-bullying message to staff, students on Nov. 20
The Peel District School Board will host alumni members of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters for a celebrity basketball game and performance on Nov. 20 at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. They will deliver anti-bullying messages to more than 5,000 grade 4 to 8 students students and staff, and encourage them to Choose Action. The event will take place during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, which runs from Nov. 18 to 22.

“The Peel board takes the issue of bullying very seriously and promotes a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting of all students regardless of differences,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. "This is an excellent opportunity for schools to bring attention to the number of anti-bullying resources that are available to students and parents.”

Across the Peel board, schools use many programs and initiatives to prevent bullying and to intervene when bullying happens. Students are taught to:

• define bullying
• identify forms of bullying
• identify roles in bullying relationships, for example the person who bullies, the target, the bystander or the trusted advocate
• identify strategies for addressing bullying

Notes Jerry Powidajko, superintendent of leadership development and school support services, “Hosting these world class athletes provides a fun environment, but the opportunity to raise awareness and hear messages about bullying prevention and intervention is more important.”

Every school has a Climate for Learning and Working Team which is required to develop a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan as part of a School Success Plan. Also, every employee who is involved in the care and service of students is obligated to report bullying incidents to the school administration.
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is one of the key elements contained in Bill 13: Accepting Schools Act. For more information, visit: or

During the event, a Peel board bullying awareness video will be debuted; it is available online now.  The Powerade Centre is located at 7575 Kennedy Rd. S. in Brampton.

P.R.O. Kids Group is alumni of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. These ambassadors provide positive and motivational programs and fundraisers for students and organizations all across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit:


Media contacts: Jerry Powidajko, Superintendent of Leadership Development & School Support
Services, [email protected], 908-890-1010, ext. 2640

Kelly Krug, for Learning & Working Coordinator, [email protected], 905-890-1010, ext. 2852

Reference: Ryan Strang, Communications Assistant, [email protected], 905-890-1010, ext. 2725



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