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Croton Students Learn Anti-bullying Strategies

"Magic" Jim Vagias performed magic tricks during an anti-bullying presentation at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students and a teacher at Carrie E. Tompkins were brought into the act by "Magic" Jim Vagias during his anti-bullying performance. Photo Credit: Contributed
Caring is one of the three characteristics that "Magic" Jim Vagias told Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School students is important. Photo Credit: Contributed

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – “Magic” Jim Vagias recently visited Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School to talk to students about respect, responsibility and caring in a presentation geared toward stopping bullying.

“Trying to be the best person you can be is being a person of good character,” he explained to the children during his presentation. “When you have respect, there is no room for bullies.”

He further informed the students that it is important to follow rules in school and life, and to make good, responsible choices, even when that is the harder thing to do. Vagias brought three student volunteers and one teacher into his act to perform magic tricks.

He multiplied coins and then said, “When you share, you end up with more.”

He also brought home the point by emphasizing CET’s “No, Go, Tell” policy – telling bullies “no,” going away from the bully and telling an adult.

“Telling isn’t the same as tattling,” he said. “Tattling is when you are trying to get someone in trouble; telling is when you need help.”

CET Assistant Principal Kerry Bianchi said Vagias’ presentation was entertaining and educational.

“The students had a lot of fun,” she said. “They really enjoyed it and learned a lot about bullying.”

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