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As part of the annual Week of Respect (October 7th - 11th) and in accordance to the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (P.L.2010, c.122), Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School welcomed Dr. Paul Stuart Wichansky for an assembly on avoiding negative peer pressure, being unique and overcoming challenges.  Dr. Wichansky, who has faced many obstacles in his life, gave a very motivational presentation to the SCVTHS community on overcoming disabilities and adversity to accept challenges. 

On October 10th, the Linkages Department (funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families) at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) held an event during all lunch periods to recognize the Week of Respect.  SCVTHS SAC/Mental Health Counselor Donna Lenox and Graduate Intern Maria Garcia asked students to sign a “Pledge of Peace” and submit designs for the Wall of Peace.

In addition, students in Mrs. Gichan’s Photography classes also took park in activities for the Week of Respect.  Students participated by creating black and white anti-HIB (harassment, intimidation, and bullying) posters.  Once the posters were approved, the artwork was then put on display throughout the school’s buildings, hallways and cafeteria for all of SCVTHS to view.

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