PYA anti-bullying group to speak at Keuka

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The Helping Everyone Respect Others (H.E.R.O.) group will be the focus of the next Community Luncheon Series Thursday, Oct. 20 at Keuka College.

Allie Peterson, co-founder of H.E.R.O. and a senior at Penn Yan Academy (PYA), will speak at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

H.E.R.O., an anti-bullying organization, promotes the act of respecting one another.

After attending a Youth Speak Out event at the College in March—which focused on bullying— Peterson and other PYA students were inspired to start H.E.R.O. Youth Speak Out helps students become aware of the choices they can make in self-exploration by using their own interpretation and evaluation of the world around them.

At a Community Service Day event at PYA, Peterson spoke on “I Bet You Didn’t Know,” where she shared her personal story of abuse and neglect. Other students were motivated to share their own “I Bet You Didn’t Know” stories. After the presentation, students were given the opportunity to pledge respect to others and receive a H.E.R.O. bracelet.

Tickets for the luncheon are $12.75, $2.50 of which goes to the Penn Yan Keuka Club Scholarship Fund. The fund provides an annual scholarship to a local student attending Keuka College. Seating is limited, so reservations are advised. Make checks payable to Keuka College and mail to: Office of Alumni and Family Relations, Keuka College, Keuka Park, N.Y. 14478 by Thursday, Oct. 13.