Globetrotters spread anti-bullying message at Whitehall Elementary School
Students at Whitehall Elementary School have an ongoing lesson on how to be cool when faced with a bully.
Last Friday, they got a course in cool from two Harlem Globetrotter basketball players.
“Be a friend. Be a teammate,” said “Slick Willie” Shaw, one of the Globetrotters. “That's exactly what we need is to take care of each other in the community.”
Shaw and teammate Tammy “T-Time” Brawner spoke to students at Whitehall Elementary School on April 19 about bullying prevention. Jenny Pryor, a fifth-grade teacher at Whitehall, won an in-school appearance for the students with the Globetrotters through the 96.1 KISS radio station.
The Harlem Globetrotters were in town for a game on April 21 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
“Anti-bullying, I think, is an important thing today. It's an important message,” Pryor said.
Shaw and Brawner pulled students from the crowd to help demonstrate the ABCs of bullying prevention — action, bravery and compassion. Those who helped out included McKenna Spotts, Adam Goldsboro, Naseer Penn, Mark Cheptic, Coral Armbruster, Megan Leary and Michael Dzanaj, fifth-grade teacher.
Shaw and Brawner also performed tricks for which the Globetrotters are famous.
Whitehall students learn about anti-bullying and bullying prevention through the Be Cool program, said Anissa Rosenwald, assistant principal at Whitehall. The students were especially excited to hear the same messages from Globetrotters.
“This fits right in line with what we're teaching,” Rosenwald said.
Amanda Abbott, a representative with 96.1 KISS, said the station runs an online contest every time the team comes to Pittsburgh. She said she thinks having the basketball players speak to students drives home the message that bullying isn't cool.
“They do really present it in a way that the kids can relate to it,” Abbott said. “We do this every time the Globetrotters come.”
Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Former Baldwin officer argues pension was wrongly calculated
- Students take charge behind curtain at Baldwin-Whitehall musical
- Column: Download music legally with library service
- Baldwin-Whitehall schools to offer early retirements
- Fundraiser to benefit Brentwood families battling cancer
- Devices to track Baldwin Borough vehicles
- Roadwork closes part of Streets Run Road in Baldwin
- Baldwin library event to kick off new campaign