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Toronto Catholic District School Board

TCDSB Joins Forces with MLSE for Huddle Up Launch

 
On February 19, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment’s four major league teams, Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS) and Toronto Argonauts (CFL) officially launched the 2020 Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program at St. Gregory Catholic School.
 
D’Arcy Tucker (Maple Leafs Alumni), shooting guard Terence Davis II (Raptors), former midfielder Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC) and fullback Declan Cross (Toronto Argonauts) were all on-hand for the special assembly sharing experiences, raising awareness and meeting students and staff.
 
This partnership between the TCDSB & MLSE is for the benefit of TCDSB students and the betterment of safe and healthy communities in our city. In addition to all the anti-bullying initiatives already underway at the TCDSB like buddy benches, safe school student symposiums, safe talk, etc., the Huddle-Up Program realizes our Board’s Safe Schools and Multi-Year Strategic Goals of fostering student achievement and well-being through bullying prevention, promoting relationships and eliminating violence.
 
TCDSB continues to promote bullying awareness and prevention in order to maintain safe and welcoming school environments for all students.  This program clearly illustrates the benefits that can be derived from organizations with varying levels of expertise working together for a common good.
 
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About the Huddle Up Program

Since being founded by the Toronto Argonauts in 2001, Huddle Up has impacted students aged 8-18 from over 400 schools, empowering them to make a difference speaking up when faced with bullying. New this year, the Argonauts and Canada’s leading authority on bullying prevention, Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet), have teamed up with the Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC to bring bullying education and awareness to schools across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The program marks the first-ever bullying-prevention program between four major league teams across Canada.
 
A first-of-its-kind in Canada, the program’s bullying prevention messaging is amplified by professional athletes’ voices through school visits, special events, public service announcements and a new, free online learning platform, which increases accessibility and reach. The all-encompassing initiative focuses on the evolving dynamics of school and cyber bullying and encourages students in the transition stages of elementary and high school to influence positive change in their school community.
 
Starting September 2020, a new, online learning platform, complete with an interactive, five-module curriculum and several other resources, will be available at no cost to all students grades 6-9 in the Greater Toronto Area.
 
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