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Newsletter: Sweethearts & Heroes

April 2, 2019

Sweethearts & Heroes

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, Sweethearts & Heroes visited Mater Christi School.  Sweethearts & Heroes is a group of motivational speakers who educate society about the impact of bullying on schools, neighborhoods, and individuals.  Speakers, Tom Murphy, Rick Yarosh and service dog Amos, delivered their message of bystander empowerment, empathy, and leadership. Their first fun and interactive presentation was with the prekindergarten to grade 3 students where the focus was on simple, role playing scenarios, to train students what to do in certain situations when they witness bullying happening.  Grades 4 and 5 focused on how to be a “Sweetheart”- (carrier of hope) and “Hero”- (someone willing to ‘“Jump into Action” and do what others are not willing to do).  For these presentations, Tom was dressed as Mr. Incredible and wore a Batman belt to show he is a superhero!

At the middle school level, Tom and Rick provided an energetic and interactive presentation focusing on bystander empowerment and giving students the tools to #ChangeTheWorld. Rick a retired sergeant with the U.S. Army injured in Iraq, gave his message about overcoming adversity and turning a negative situation into a positive one. Rick is one of the world’s leading H.O.P.E. experts.

“We hope the message they delivered inspires our community to carry on their work” said Assistant Head of School, Amanda Barone.  

This visit from Sweethearts & Heroes to Mater Christi School was made possible by Adam and Sarah Hergenrother.