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East Irondequoit recently hosted guests who delivered a message about the importance of empathy and strategies kids can use to help eliminate bullying.
Sweethearts and Heroes is a team of motivational speakers that educates people about the impact of bullying in schools and in all other parts of society. They aim to empower anyone who might be involved in the bullying cycle, including bystanders, to make a difference.
Tom Murphy is a former martial arts champion who has delivered his messages to more than 1 million students, educators and parents. The SUNY Brockport graduate uses a high energy and interactive delivery which engages all of his audiences.
Rick Yarosh is a retired U.S. Army sergeant who was burned over 60 percent of his body when an IED detonated beneath his Bradley armored vehicle. In addition to the burns, his right leg was amputated below the knee, he lost both ears, his nose, most of his fingers and almost all function in his hands. Now, he speaks about how a seemingly negative situation can be turned into a positive one.
Murphy and Yarosh spent one day at the middle school delivering their messages to sixth- and seventh-graders. That night they also held a presentation for parents so the ideas they shared with the kids could be reinforced at home.
The next day they visited Laurelton-Pardee Intermediate School to speak with kids in grades three through five and the staff in the building. Their message of hope and compassion is one that will stick with the audience for a long time.