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As part of a team-building exercise, these Heritage students did a “trust walk” through an obstacle course. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
January 26, 2012
CHARLTON — Students and faculty within the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District dressed in all black Wednesday, Jan. 25, for the statewide "Black Out Bullying Day," but at least at Heritage School, it was all about the Golden Rule.

"We have to remember to treat others the way we want to be treated," Heritage School physical education David Deremian teacher told a group of fourth graders.

Deremian and health teacher Donna Morin used the day designated by Gov. Deval Patrick as "No Name Calling Day" to promote solidarity among students through various team-building forums in the school's gym. From a "trust walk," where students walked blindly, guided only by their peers, through an obstacle course to activities that required group collaborations, the activities got kids working together, something Morin said is key when it comes to keeping bullying out of schools.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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