Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Photos by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS
Photos by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS
Omega-Man teaches students at P.S. 159 how to respect others through an interactive assembly.

Students at a Bayside school enjoyed a lesson from a superhero about respecting each other everywhere they go.

High-energy superhero “Omega-Man” captured the attention of the student body at P.S. 159 on Wednesday, Feb. 15, by combining fascinating feats of strength, motivational speaking and audience participation into one dynamic anti-bullying presentation.

Students were taught about the dangers of all types of bullying, including physical, emotional and cyber through a series of colorful presentations. In one instance, Omega-Man ripped a phone book, dubbed the “Book of Bad Choices,” in half — a metaphoric way of teaching children that their past mistakes don’t have to define their futures.

“If you can get their attention, you can get a message into their lives,” said Omega-Man, otherwise known as Marc Wilkes. “It’s the same message that teachers and mom and dads are saying; it’s just wrapped up in a different package.”

Wilkes is the founder of Omega-Man Schools. Formed in 2008, the group has visited more than 5,000 schools nationwide to discuss topics like bullying and peer pressure through engaging and energetic presentations.

Isabella Chang, 10, spoke about the educational and entertaining elements of the assembly.

“I learned to not do things and to not lie and be nice to everyone,” the fourth-grader and student council member said. “My favorite part was when he was talking to everyone about all the bad things people do and how to try not to do them. And also my favorite part was when he broke stuff.”

The event was organized by the school Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and coincided with the Department of Education’s “Respect for All” week.

“We feel that it’s so important for students to make good choices, to respect others and to stand up if they see something wrong, to say something,” said Teresa Kirchhofer, treasurer of the PTA. “We wanted to educate the students and empower them to have those tools, so that when they’re confronted with a situation, they know how to respond.”

P.S. 159 is a National Blue Ribbon elementary school located at 205-01 33rd Ave.

DSC_0642 WEB

DSC_0653 WEB

DSC_0658 WEB

DSC_0665 WEB

DSC_0686 WEB

DSC_0710 WEB

DSC_0729 WEB

DSC_0762 WEB

Comments:

Join The Discussion



Related Stories
Mom & Queens school PTA president says her son’s been bullied all year — and school hasn’t helped
Mom & Queens school PTA president says her son’s been bullied all year — and school hasn’t helped
Local photography company claims Maspeth High School admission fiasco is cause for split
Local photography company claims Maspeth High School admission fiasco is cause for split
Popular Stories
Photo by Robert Stridiron
Firefighters rescue three trapped workers following a construction accident in Astoria
Photo via Shutterstock
EXCLUSIVE: Glendale’s 4/20 chef is looking to bring a cannabis-infused coffee shop to Myrtle Avenue
Photo via Facebook/Robert Stridiron
Runaway bus on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border careens into cars and a church, cops say


Skip to toolbar