Year: 2014

Every Child Needs a Hero

“Every Child Needs a Hero”, this is so true now more than ever before. On the eve of Thanksgiving, students, staff, parents, and community members came together at Columbus Elementary School in Lodi, NJ to give thanks to their local heroes. They honored everyday heroes who protect and serve our communities; respond to medical emergencies; fight raging fires; and protect our… Read more →

Lodi High School, NJ Students Share the Value of Embracing Inner Beauty

Inner Beauty Kathy Lopez & Maria Luque Tainted smiles, worn hands, mascara drenched cheeks, empty hearts. No one should ever feel alone or neglected. They say that the number one death in teenagers centers around drunk driving, however, we often forget the silence of the real killer. The killer that breathes the same air as you, follows you around, and… Read more →

Lodi High School, NJ Students Connect “Links of Love” to Promote Positive School Climate

The Respect Crew has created a project, known as Links of Love, to promote kindness throughout our school. “Links of Love is about acknowledging the kind acts that typically go unnoticed or receive little recognition. It’s about thanking people you forgot to thank or who you felt too awkward to say thank you to,” said Ms. Sciarra. When someone does something nice, it will… Read more →

Bullying in a Schadenfreude Culture

The wonderful world of Wikipedia defines schadenfreude as pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. The literal translation of this word from German to English is harm-joy. It is the feeling of pleasure or joy when one sees another fail or suffer misfortune. Western culture, most notably, western tabloid and reality entertainment is soaked in schadenfreude. Oh how we love… Read more →

Lodi High School students try and combat bullying

Lodi High School students have linked hearts and kind thoughts in a new school activity. Links of Love is a student-initiated idea to indirectly combat bullying by accentuating the positive and appreciating kindness. The links are slips of paper, color-coded by grade level, strung in rows down the length of a school hallway. Each slip has appreciative words left anonymously… Read more →