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Presentations to kick off school anti-bullying efforts

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Noted author will give four presentations today to kids, adults

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

TELL CITY – Three assemblies today and a presentation for parents this evening will kick off the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program for the brand-new school year, William Tell Elementary School counselor Sally Wolfe said Monday.
As the News reported Aug. 12, award-winning children’s author and advocate Trudy Ludwig will offer her nationally acclaimed presentations to students, staff and parents. Fifth-and sixth-graders will gather in the school’s gym from 8:30 until 9:15 a.m., followed by third-and fourth-graders from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. The school’s youngest pupils will assemble from 1:30 until 2:10 p.m.
A spaghetti dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. is completely booked, Wolfe said. Parents who haven’t made reservations for it, however, can still hear Ludwig present information geared to their level from 6 until 7:30. She “specializes in writing children’s books that explore the colorful and sometimes confusing world of children’s social interactions,” according to information posted to her website, www.trudyludwig.com. She wrote her first book, “My Secret Bully,” after her own daughter was bullied and has since presented information at schools and conferences around the country, educating students, parents and teachers on the topic. Her books have received Mom’s Choice Gold Awards, the Moonbeam Children’s Books Gold Award, and are included in the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s “Best of the Year” Selection, the National Crime Prevention Council’s “Circle of Respect” Book Club Selection, and the Junior Library Guild Selection.
She is a member of the International Bullying Prevention Association and collaborates with leading experts and organizations, including Committee for Children, Hands and Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and Putting Family First.
Supervised activities to keep children entertained during the grownups-only presentation are also completely booked, Wolfe said, so late-comers should make other arrangements for their youngsters.