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Yates Arts-In-Education Magnet School

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Yates Arts In Education Magnet School

February 24 2013

Yates holds student celebration
 & fun game show to teach about bullying

The students at Yates Elementary School recently attended a monthly celebration to honor the students of the month from every class and all of the students who have perfect attendance thus so far this year. The student body was also on hand to learn about bullying and were presented with strategies designed to help students handle bullying situations. Chief Ray Feurstein from the Schenectady County Auxiliary Police department provided lessons through a game show held at the school called "To Bully or Not to Bully."

The students who were selected to play in the game had the chance to spin an interactive spinner that would present a question. Chief Feurstein read scenarios to the students for which they identified whether or not the scenario presented an act of bullying or not. After each question, he provided an explanation about the answer to the audience.  At the conclusion of the game, the Chief presented Yates with "Bullying-Free Zone" signs which will be hung throughout the school.

Yates Principal Rob Flanders expressed his gratitude to Chief Feurstein for leading the show.  "The game show was an important part of our Olweus Anti-Bullying Program, where students learn skills an technique to identify and improve peer relationships," he said.  "The Game Show format was a fun way students learn about strategies to handle situations common in elementary schools across the country."