UNION, NJ – Even while remote learning, students at Burnet Middle School continued their participation in the annual Week of Respect, a week of awareness, education, and specific activities designed to develop and maintain a positive school climate and decrease harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Activities during the week are designed to encourage respect and increase social and emotional competency.

This year, Burnet Middle School’s Week of Respect theme was ‘Virtual Unity’. The week consisted of daily themes, activities, videos, anti-bullying training, and lessons. On Friday, Disability Awareness Day, the school also live-streamed the Special Olympics torch run, which began at Union Police Department headquarters with Diana Schraer and other teachers running past the school.

Tara Colandrea, anti-bullying specialist, said she planned positive activities for students to prevent harassment, intimidation, and bullying by leveraging SEL skills and character education.

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As a culmination for the week, the school won a free virtual screening of the world-famous assembly, the Kind Campaign.   Students were able to access a link to view the documentary from their own homes. In addition to the screening, students will have an all-access pass to interactive activities and discussion questions.

“This week Burnet was able to show students and families that even though we are not together, we are in this together,” said Colandrea.