Bellport HS Students Grand prizewinners in CAPS contest

Bellport HS Students Grand prizewinners in CAPS contest

Bellport High School is pleased to announce that Ellen Hoffman’s public speaking and debate class are grand prizewinners in the 2019 New York Mets Anti-Bullying Campaign, “Strike Out Bullying,” in conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Services.

CAPS is a Long Island nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the prevention of bullying, child abuse and neglect through its resources and educational campaigns. CAPS  also works directly with children in Nassau and Suffolk counties and is a leading resource in bullying, cyber-bullying, child abuse prevention, internet safety, relational aggression, sexual harassment and date rape prevention. 

Ms. Hoffman explained that the students wrote, performed in and produced their own public service announcement, “Your Words Matter,” to raise awareness of the dangers of bullying to social and emotional health. The 60-second video was filmed in the hallways of Bellport High School. As grand prizewinners, the students have won tickets to the June 5 New York Mets game at Citi Field, where they will attend batting practice and participate in a pre-game recognition ceremony. Their video will also be shown on the Diamond Vision screen for all fans to see. In addition, CAPS will feature the PSA video in their training materials to ensure that all students feel safe, valued and respected throughout Long Island’s schools. This award also comes on the heels of a second-place win by the class during the 2018-2019 school year.

“It is wonderful for the kids to be recognized,” Ms. Hoffman said. “The award is well-deserved. [The video] is just a small slice of the tremendous talent and hard work the public speaking and debate students exhibited throughout the year.”