SALTSBURG: Bullying program starts at elementary school
October 18, 2013 10:50 AM
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SALTSBURG — Saltsburg Elementary School kicked off a bullying prevention program this year on Sept. 20 to teach students how to stop bullying in our community and how to make better choices.

Sheila Mendicino, who played a vital role in making this entire event possible, spoke about the event.

She provided some basic ideas about why the program is being implemented and how effective it has been since the kickoff. She said that it was a huge success and that it was even better than she imagined.

When asked how the kids reacted during the kickoff, Mendicino said that the kids were very excited and there was a lot of participation.

She said there was a very good vibe during the whole event.

She believes that the support from the faculty will motivate the kids to make a difference.

According to Mendicino, the big picture for the whole program is “treat others the way you would like to be treated” and “think about what it would be like to walk in someone else’s shoes.”

On Oct. 2, Anne Long, a resident of Saltsburg and mom to two Saltsburg students, Katrina and Holly, along with her mother, Michele Menin, spoke to Kathleen Hanlon’s eighth-grade world language French class about life in Belgium, where many citizens speak French.

Menin is from the town Tourinnes-La-Grosse, Belgium.

She was here visiting her daughter’s family.

Prior to the speakers’ class visit, the class viewed a video on Belgium and prepared three questions they wanted to ask the speakers during the discussion. True to form, Hanlon’s students were respectful and their questions insightful.

The Saltsburg varsity cheerleaders will be competing in the Heritage Cheerleading Competition on Saturday at Northern Cambria High School at 6 p.m.

This is their second competition of the year and they will be competing against all schools in the Heritage Conference.

Hopefully the varsity cheerleaders will recover from placing second at the Beaver Competition held at Beaver High School on Oct. 6.

Senior night is tonight. Among seniors to be recognized tonight during the football game against the Northern Cambria Colts are: football players Steven Richards (captain), Tyler Bendis (co-captain), Arthur McGuire, Tony Salandra, Lucas Mowery and Thomas Roman; varsity cheerleaders Ashton Battistelli (captain) and Rayannon Willett (co-captain); band members Katie Corridoni, Tosha Galloway, Daytona Harley, Sarah Kayda, Destinee Kelly, Bobby Muir, Jessica Pratt, Yvonne Shuppe, Jesse Veronie and Kaylee McGregor; and drum majors Olivia Humphrey and Missy Bruce.

Underclassmen makeup pictures are scheduled for Wednesday and senior personality pictures will be taken on Tuesday.


Students in Kathleen Hanlon’s eighth-grade world language French class visited recently with Michele Menin to learn about life in Belgium. (Saltsburg High School/Submitted photo)

Students at Saltsburg Elementary School participated in an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program kickoff on Sept. 20. (Saltsburg Elementary School/Submitted photo)

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