Friday, February 24, 2017

Ronald McDonald House Charities Sponsored Bully Prevention & Empathy Building Programs at Weathersfield School

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2016

Contact: Sarah Vogelsang-Card, Operations Director
Phone: 802-860-3349

Photo: Weathersfield School 3rd and 4th Grade with Karen Sharpwolf from Puppets in Education.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Sponsored Bully Prevention & Empathy Building Programs at Weathersfield School

“Lies can hurt in a way that you wouldn’t know unless you had experienced it.”
5th Grade student

Burlington, Vermont-based nonprofit Puppets in Education (PiE) received funding from Ronald McDonald House Charities to support a full day of Bully Prevention and Empathy Building programs for Weathersfield School in Ascutney, VT last Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Students shared their experiences, asked for help in stopping bullying, learned tips and tools to keep themselves and others safe while becoming a caring bystander. It was a powerful day and these empathy building presentations provided a foundation to promote acceptance and to help build friendships.

Since 1974, RMHC has created programs that strengthen families during difficult times. RMHC provides vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide. Core RMHC programs – Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles – provide access to health care and enable family-centered care. RMHC has helped lessen the burden for more than 7 million families in 2015. The network of local Chapters has been making children happier and healthier by keeping families close – giving them a place to rest and refresh. A place that feels like home. RMHC programs, tailored to meet the urgent needs of each community, can now be found in more than 63 countries and regions across the globe.

Puppets in Education is in its 35th year serving over 10,000 children and adults annually. PiE began as Kids on the Block-Vermont in 1982 with four puppets and has now grown to deliver 23 programs addressing many societal concerns, including bullying, abuse, childhood obesity, mental health, drug use and other topics.

For more information: or

Sarah Vogelsang-Card
Operations Director
Puppets in Education
including Kids on the Block-Vermont
& Friend 2 Friend Programs-Vermont
Suite 125
294 N. Winooski Ave.
Burlington, VT  05401
Phone: (802) 860-3349
Fax: (802) 860-4395

Puppets in Education, Inc. teaches children how to keep themselves safe and healthy 
and to appreciate each other's differences. We do this through educational programs 
for children and adults that utilize life-sized puppets who model effective leadership 
and problem-solving skills and demonstrate respect, compassion and inclusion in a 
diverse community.

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