The Philadelphia Flyers' Ambassador of Hockey, Bob "The Hound" Kelly, visited Colonial Elementary School (CES) to talk to the fourth grade students about the importance of being a friend and not a bully, being inclusive, and using teamwork to achieve goals at school and at home.
"I like that they really told people to stand up for themselves and that we got to meet some of the old players who retired," said CES Fourth Grader Astin Nguyen.
Mr. Kelly — a member of the Broad Street Bullies who helped guide the Flyers to consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975 — also brought a couple of special guests to demonstrate what bullying is.
"Gritty, the Flyers mascot, came in on a scooter with his guard, and they showed videos of them acting out what you should do and what you shouldn't," said CES Fourth Grader Sam Schaller. "I thought that was funny."
"The fan favorite for all was the appearance of Gritty and his security detail," added Principal Rose Rock. "The students really enjoyed this interactive assembly and the important message that it reinforced."
CES became a "No Place For Hate" school last year. To be a certified "No Place For Hate" by the Anti-Defamation League, a school needs to do several activities over the course of the year that promote positive interactions, acceptance and anti-bullying.