Eastport-South Manor Jr.-Sr. High School students learned that they can become Carriers of H.O.P.E. (Hold on, Possibilities Exist!) during attendance of the kickoff assembly for the Sweethearts & Heroes program, held in the school auditorium on Sept. 9. Throughout the 2022-2023 school year, Sweetheart & Heroes, a student empowerment and empathy activation team that prevents bullying and suicide, will work with teachers and students.
During the assembly, the students met Tom Murphy, Sweethearts & Heroes co-founder, and retired U.S. Army Sgt. Rick Yarosh, a HOPE expert who was severely burned while serving in Iraq. Both speakers offered ways in which students can jump into action like superheroes by following the five Bully Buttons, which include perspective, HOPE, becoming a Sweetheart who gives others hope, by jumping into action and becoming a superhero to others who are being bullied.
“You may not recognize it yet, but you possess the HOPE that many seek,” Mr. Yarosh said. “You can change and save lives. You have to choose to give HOPE by becoming a Sweetheart.”
The Sweetheart & Heroes program will return to the district for two days a month for five months to train teachers and ninth grade students in Circle, a method of teaching empathy based on the ancient ritual of communicating in a circle.
“I look forward to continuing our partnership with Sweethearts & Heroes,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. John Christie. “Over the last decade I have seen the impact Sweethearts & Heroes has on the lives of students and teachers. Their message of empathy and HOPE is what this world needs more of, and the entire Sweethearts & Heroes team provides Empathy and HOPE in abundance.”
Date Added: 9/14/2022