SPOTLIGHT ON THIS LOCAL TEEN: 

COLTS NECK, NJ:  Joseph Bartolomeo, an eighth grader at Cedar Drive Middle School in Colts Neck, was named the NY Jets Upstander of the Week on December 19th.

Throughout the 2018 season The NY Jets conducted their anti-bullying campaign called, "Jets Upstander of the Week." Instead of being a bystander when one sees bullying occur, be an Upstander! The program ran for 16 weeks and each week the Jets asked schools to nominate a student that they believe is an Upstander, and describe the reasons why, along with a picture of the candidate.

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Cedar Drive Middle School's Guidance Counselor Lauren Hums in a quote to the Jets said, "Joseph is a student that every middle school needs. He is always making sure his peers and teachers feel respected and acknowledged. Joseph is always making the right choice when it comes to helping others. We are lucky to have him in our community and we appreciate his efforts."  Joseph was highlighted as Upstander of the week across the NY Jets' social media platforms. Upstanders are also highlighted on the video boards during home games. 

Joseph's father, Colts Neck Mayor JP Bartolomeo comments, "We are so proud of Joseph. My wife Kristin and I do our best to teach our three boys to be respectful and kind. Honestly, I feel Joseph was put on this earth to make it a better place. "  

According to information provided by the Jets: The Jets have a team branded STOMP out Bullying Educator's Prevention Toolkit at no cost to schools in the tri-state area. 'The toolkit assists educators to create meaningful dialogue, educating 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 where needed'.

To learn more about how your school in the tri-state can participate, sign up for a toolkit, or for more information about the program click here. 

All photographs provided by the family of Joseph.