One local company is encouraging students to take a stand against bullying in their schools.
Vallo Transporatation, a family-owned, Whitestone-based school bus company, has launched its fourth annual anti-bullying awareness campaign.
This year’s campaign is titled “No Bullying Zone.” The company has begun distributing bookmarks and silicone wristbands to students in the area specially designed to remind students to respect one another, refrain from bullying behavior and assist a classmate should he or she be bullied.
“As a local school bus company, our mission is first and foremost to keep students safe,” said Linda DeSabato, president of Vallo Transportation. “This campaign reinforces our commitment to safety and demonstrates our efforts in creating a supportive school bus climate. Our drivers receive special training annually on this topic to ensure they can properly identify, report and respond to bullying behavior. Additionally, we promote resources throughout the community with the hope that together we can put an end to this unwanted behavior.”
Community members who wish to obtain the anti-bullying materials or learn more about the initiative can visit the Vallo Transportation table at the Bayside Village BID and Councilman Paul Vallone’s Children’s Holiday Parade on Dec. 4, which will take place on Bell Boulevard.
“Bullying in schools continues to be a serious issue and has damaged, often irrevocably, the lives of so many children and their families,” Vallone said. “Awareness and education are critical tools in addressing the issue. I applaud Vallo Transportation for continuing to take initiative in combating bullying and fostering an atmosphere of respect among students.”