DENVER – OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held rail and transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, is sponsoring anti-bullying programs at schools in Windsor and Denver this week. The assemblies, at Windsor Middle School in Windsor and Merrill Middle School in Denver, are to be presented by Sweethearts & Heroes, a non-profit group focused on helping make life better for today’s students.
“Giving back to the communities where we operate is very important to everyone at OmniTRAX and The Broe Group, especially when the effort addresses critical issues like bullying in schools. We plan to continue supporting assemblies like Sweethearts & Heroes and other programs that help kids make better decisions,” said Bill Kelly, Vice President of Safety and Operational Excellence for OmniTRAX.
In their presentation, Sweethearts & Heroes’ Tom Murphy and Jason Spector give students an important message about tolerance, awareness of bullying and most importantly, an action plan for when bullying happens. Their goal is to help foster a school climate where kids refuse to let bullying happen. In addition, Rick Yarosh, a retired sergeant with the United States Army injured in Iraq with burns over most of his body, gives a message is one of overcoming adversity and turning a negative situation into a positive one.
“Just talking about awareness doesn’t fix anything,” says Murphy, a husband and father who competed on the second season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter. “What separates us from other anti-bullying presentations and projects is that we have the plan to curb and even stop bullying in your school, or wherever it exists for you.”
Said Spector: “We offer a very unique perspective on bullying and leave audiences with an ABC action plan to fight bullying. Bullying isn’t the problem. Bullies have been around forever. The problem is we don’t have enough Sweethearts and Heroes in the world.”
“We appreciate OmniTRAX and The Broe Group for sponsoring this great program on an increasingly important subject,” said Jim Osborn, assistant principal at Windsor Middle School. “The Sweethearts & Heroes assembly provides our students with usable strategies to actively mitigate, and hopefully eliminate an undesirable behavior.”
Amy Bringedahl, principal of Merrill Middle School added; “It is also essential that our students understand the impact of their decision and how to face debilitating challenges. Having Sgt. Yarosh share his experiences is both poignant and uplifting.”