FLORHAM PARK, N.J.-The New York Jets and STOMP Out Bullying, through the Jets Tackle Bullying program presented by Municipal Credit Union will honor Lazar Middle School in Montville. Jets Offensive Lineman Jonotthan Harrison along with STOMP Out Bullying CEO Ross Ellis will recognize Lazar Middle School for their commitment to preventing bullying with a fun and informative presentation.

Last August, the Jets along with STOMP Out Bullying and Municipal Credit Union hosted ourthird Annual Jets Tackle Bullying Symposium at MetLife Stadium. More than 200 educators and parents from the tri-state area attended the event, which featured a keynote speech building school culture. Attendees then had the opportunity to implement the Jets Upstander of the Week program at their school during the season, which highlights an upstander on Twitter each week. Schools receive 50 tickets to award to students, along with a Jets Upstander of the Week t-shirt. Lazar Middle School has been selected for their 16 weekly Jets Upstander of the Week posts this past season and is one of three schools that will be recognized this spring. 

Through the organization’s collaboration with STOMP Out Bullying, along with support from Municipal Credit Union, the Jets have provided educator prevention toolkits to over 1,500 schools in the tri-state area at no cost, conducted their annual Jets Tackle Bullying Symposium, created awareness through a robust PSA campaign and annually host an anti-bullying awareness day at MetLife Stadium on game day. In addition, the Jets and MCU have funded a digital training tool reaching every school throughout the New York City Department of Education. This important campaign hopes to raise awareness about the devastating impact of bullying and empower educators and teens alike with educational resources to help put an end to bullying. The Jets branded STOMP Out Bullying Educators’ Prevention Toolkits enables educators to create meaningful dialogue, educate students through proven Social Emotional Learning methods, adopt character building in schools and involve both students and faculty in working together to change school climate. To register for a toolkit please visit: nyjets.com/antibullying.

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About Jets Foundation

The New York Jets take great pride in a long-standing, year-round commitment to our community. Programs funded by the New York Jets Foundation look to positively influence the lives of young men and women in the tri-state area by promoting fitness, supporting youth football and preventing bullying, particularly in disadvantaged communities. From launching football teams at urban high schools to urging students to be active for at least 60 minutes every day to fostering positive school environments, the New York Jets invest in programs that make a difference in the lives of others. In addition to our focus on youth development, the Jets support the efforts of the Lupus Research Alliance and numerous established charitable organizations and causes sponsored by the NFL.

About STOMP Out Bullying™

Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. In this diverse world, STOMP Out Bullying promotes civility, inclusion and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns, and is recognized as the most influential anti-bullying organization in America. www.stompoutbullying.org


About Municipal Credit Union

Municipal Credit Union is the oldest credit union in New York State and one of the oldest and largest in the country. Established in 1916 and headquartered in New York City, today MCU has assets of more than $2.9 billion and offers a full range of financial services to its more than 540,000 members. MCU is an equal opportunity lender, and deposits are federally insured up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), a U.S. government agency. For more information about Municipal Credit Union, visit www.nymcu.org.