An amazing duo of superheroes without capes will be at Lisha Kill Middle School to show students and educators how they can spread HOPE (Hold On, Possibilities Exist) in their classrooms—and beyond.
Tom Murphy and Rick Yarosh, of Sweethearts & Heroes, a student empowerment and empathy activation team that aims to prevent bullying and suicide, will work with the Lisha Kill Middle School community on Jan. 30. The media is invited to attend.
Sweethearts & Heroes offers a profound, engaging signature presentation that calls for HOPE, Empathy and Action; Circle, which is built on the ancient ritual of communicating in a circle to build empathy; and BRAVE Buddies, which trains older students in bully drills that they, in turn, teach to students in lower grades.
The Sweethearts & Heroes team is: Tom Murphy, Director and Founder, of St. Albans, VT; Ret. U.S. Army Sgt. Rick Yarosh, a HOPE expert and motivational speaker from New York who was burned severely while serving in Iraq; and Pat Fish, BRAVE and Circle Leader. (For more on Circle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q286yIL9L1E)
“We’re coming to Colonie to cultivate compassion and empathy,” Murphy said. “We aim to stop students from making destructive decisions and help them treat each other with kindness. We also make our messages sustainable in schools, so that they have an eventual and sustainable effect on the local community. The spider web effect is powerful.”
“As I have had the privilege of getting to know our Lisha Kill school community, I have become accustomed to the ways in which our students think and learn. I have been pleasantly surprised at our students’ willingness to take on challenges and lend a helping hand in doing so,” said Lisha Kill principal Jill Penn. “We are looking forward to welcoming the individuals from Sweethearts & Heros and giving them a platform to reinforce the values of empathy and compassion. I look forward to seeing how our students take this information and implement it into their daily lives.”
For more than 16 years, Sweethearts & Heroes has presented what Murphy calls “‘the ‘stop, drop and roll’ of bullying” to more than 2.5 million students in school districts from New England to Hawaii. Murphy said, “We go where we’re needed. That’s what heroes do.”
For more information on Sweethearts & Heroes, visit sweetheartsandheroes.com.