Alcorn School of Education and Psychology hosts anti-bullying events for students and community
Recently, Alcorn State University hosted anti-bullying events on the Lorman campus, A.W. Watson Elementary School in Port Gibson, Mississippi, and Jefferson County Elementary School in Fayette, Mississippi, featuring Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comic Publications.
During her lecture, Mrs. Siberkleit shared her story of becoming the company’s co-CEO and acquiring the love of reading using Archie comic books. She also explained why she believes in the power of comic books to help address challenging social issues, such as childhood obesity, discrimination, environmental concerns and bullying. Siberkleit spoke to the audience about bullying as an unacceptable behavior using examples from “Rise Above: What we can all do about bullying”, a comic book by Rise Above Social Issues Foundation Incorporated, and shared books with the teachers to use in the classroom.
Silberkleit continues to spread the message of the power behind the visual image and comic books as an academic tool for communication in today’s world. Her friend, Stan Lee, The king of the comic book world along with Silberkleit, both shared their thoughts in a 2011 summer edition of ‘Commerce Business of New Jersey’ discussing how Comics Books are Serious Business. Both see beneficial learning benefits from the literary genre of the comic book.
“Teachers can use these comic books as a tool to raise students’ interest and help combat bullying,” says Siberkleit. “The book teaches kids what to do when they are being bulled or witness other kids being bullied – reach out to a caring person, find an interest or a hobby that would relieve the pain from bullying. Teachers can use the book to start a conversation about taking care of each other, and promoting caring behavior to stop bullying.”
“Bullying is a problem everywhere and we are all working on addressing it,” stated Marvin Harvey, principle, A.W Watson Elementary School. “Using comic books is a fun way to deal with the problem and they do get the message across.” Assistant Principle and Alcorn alumnus Antwan Reeves ’98 agreed with him and added, “I grew up reading Archie comics. We are glad to host Mrs. Silberkleit and thankful to Alcorn for affording this positive experience for our children.”
The programs were sponsored by the School of Education and Psychology and spearheaded by Dr. Robert Z. Carr, dean, and Dr. Malinda Butler, chairperson, Department of Education and Psychology.
The audience on the ‘Good Morning San Diego’ show got a sneak peak at my comic, which tells readers about bullying and what they can do about it. Here is the clip of the show Nancy Silberkleit on GMSD – KUSI
I use comics to share important messages and make readers aware of relevent issues like anti-bullying, pollution and obesity. The message in ‘Rise Above’ is never let anyone define who they want you to be. You know who you are. Be proactive in your life.
Seasoned anti-bullying and literacy advocate, Nancy Silberkleit, aims to raise awareness and stop the harm that bullying can cause.
As Co-CEO of Archie Comic Publications, Silberkleit, is using her experience and educational training to inspire self-confidence and strength in children of all ages. Working to create an inspired community, her initiatives are also furthering her philanthropic reach. In 2012, Silberkleit created Rise Above Social Issues Foundation to address challenging issues such as bullying, obesity, literacy. The Foundation is developing a series of educational comic books that focus on these issues and encourage literacy and confidence so that youth can become positive influences on their peers. She shares her words of inspiration with today’s youth: “Never let anyone define who they want you to be. You know who you are, be pro-active in your life”.
To learn more about what you can do to support the International Bullying Prevention Association, visit www.stopbullyingworld.org.
Nancy Silberkleit of Rise Above Social Issues is proud to announce that American comic book artist Stan Goldberg will be illustrating the inaugural issue of the forthcoming series of educational, not-for-profit comics that they are publishing. The comic book addresses bullying in the school system, and is written by John A. Wilcox, the seasoned comic book author.
Goldberg has already begun illustrating the comic, which will be completed in fall 2012. “I could not be more honored that Stan has agreed to work with us on this important project,” says Nancy Silberkleit. “He is one of the most respected comic illustrators, and watching him bring these characters to life has been truly wonderful.”
Silberkleit, Co-CEO of Archie Comic Publications, has initiated this project to help provide confidence and hope for bullied children as well as perspective on how to deal with the hurt that comes from being a victim of bullying. Nancy Silberkleit says, “Never let anyone define who they want you to be. You know who you are, be proactive in life.” The educational comic series will be available to schools, private educators and parents beginning in May. Forthcoming issues in this series will cover a variety of topics pertaining to childhood health and wellness issues including literacy, childhood obesity, sexuality and bullying.
At the 5th Annual Toast to the Humane Society of New York, held in March, I joined prominent journalists, fashion designers, government officials and ‘wall streeters’ to raise awareness for animals that are abused and abandoned. Many of the guests enjoyed the evening with their cuddly pets and focused efforts on placing abused and abandoned animals. The evening was a success, as all of the dogs available for adoption found homes.
Often, it’s the same bullies, that bully animals and the people around them. There is a natural tie-in to build awareness for anti-bullying in schools AND with animals. The voices for anti-bullying speak to protect all humans AND animals from feeling threatened, uncomfortable or scared from someone trying to intimidate or control you.
Nancy Silberkleit, Co-CEO of Archie Comic Publications, and advocate for anti-bullying, is using her educational training and experience to inspire self-confidence and strength in children of all ages. Her efforts focus on creating an inspired community while also furthering her philanthropic reach. In 2012, Silberkleit created Rise Above Social Issues Foundation to address challenging issues such as bullying, obesity, literacy. The Foundation is developing a series of educational comic books that focus on these issues and encourage literacy and confidence so that youth can become positive influences on their peers. She shares her words of inspiration with today’s youth: “Never let anyone define who they want you to be. You know who you are, be pro-active in your life”.
Authors Night is a lavish fundraiser to benefit the East Hampton Library. Beginning in 2005 with a handful of dinners and a few hundred attendees, it has grown to be the premier literary event of the Hamptons with over 160 authors and more than 1,000 people in attendance. Seven years ago, Nancy Silberkleit sparked the interest and helped launched the first event at the East Hampton Library. Silberkleit, Co-CEO of Archie Comic Publications, will be at the 7th Annual Authors Night, being held on August 11, 2012. All proceeds go directly to the Library.
The evening begins under the tent at the East Hampton Library with fabulous hors d’oeuvres and wine. Guests will meet the authors, buy their books and have them inscribed. The most recent titles for each author are available for purchase at the event. Guests can also bring their own books to have them inscribed.
From there, the evening continues as some of the authors discuss their most recent book at dinner parties held in private homes throughout the Hamptons.
Every title — past and present — written by our guest authors can be inscribed at the event. Don’t forget to bring your books with you.
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