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AAHPERD Signs On To New Activity-Based Anti-Bullying Awareness Program
RESTON, VA, October 30, 2012—The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) today announced it is joining forces with "Play Well With Others…Be Active Against Bullying!" to support anti-bullying programs in every school in America. Launched this month during National Anti-Bullying Month by FlagHouse, a global supplier of equipment and resources for physical education and sports, the new Activity-Based Anti-Bullying Awareness Program focuses on children and youth actively playing and learning together in a cooperative environment.
The program has been developed to include anti-bullying resources for grades K-12 and is made up of two main components – an activity/games section for grades K-12 and a grade 6-8 resource/workbook guide containing classroom lessons and materials for assemblies and special events. The program goals are to provide individuals, organizations, schools and concerned parties with:
According to AAHPERD Senior Program Director Cheryl Richardson, "We are thrilled to partner with 'Play Well With Others' because our members – physical education teachers and coaches – want school gymnasiums, locker rooms, playgrounds and playing fields to be safe, trusting environments where all students and athletes are treated with respect and encouragement. AAHPERD is committed to teaching all students the importance of teamwork, cooperation and working together and games and activities are one way to do that. In fact, Standard #5 of the National Standards for Physical Education calls for students to exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings."
FlagHouse launched this activity-based Anti-Bullying program in conjunction with its partners the National Police Athletic League (PAL), The Jared Foundation, American Camping Association, CATCH®, and Project Adventure. The program includes free educational resource materials, in addition to games and activities that are designed to promote cooperation and anti-bullying. FlagHouse has also designed a new line of Orange products to promote children actively playing together and fostering teamwork. The Orange was selected to support and show awareness for the Anti-Bullying movement (the official color of Anti-Bullying). The complete program is available at www.flaghouse.com/Antibullying.
Among AAHPERD's plans will be to promote the program to physical education teachers and coaches around the country, add relevant educational material to the website and encourage its 50 state and district associations to embrace the program.