Courtesy of The Middletown Press
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The RAM Pride Patrol were treated to a visit from Wesleyan student athletes on Friday to talk about things like personal values and pride at school.
When it comes to standing up for victims of meanness or bullying, it’s best to be an upstander, not a bystander, students agreed.
The anti-bullying group at Woodrow Wilson Middle School involves most of the school’s 500 students, said seventh-grade teacher Anthony Albrecht. A Wesleyan graduate, Albrecht organized this Wesleyan connection with assistant football coach Jeff McDonald.
McDonald drafted a dozen student athletes from a variety of women’s and men’s sports teams, including football, basketball and lacrosse, to come to the school for two separate presentations for seventh- and eighth-graders.
Acting as a master of ceremonies of sorts, McDonald guided off-the-cuff skits that made everyone laugh, and prompted students to suggest a variety of solutions to prevent meanness when they see it.