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Author, Martial Arts Instructor Talks to Kids About Bullying

Glen Rock resident Gary Stevens visited children at Ridgewood Public Library

Amid new state bullying laws, author Gary Stevens spoke with children at the Ridgewood Library to help them understand what is, and isn't, bullying as well as what they could do to stop it.

Stevens, who has helped children build their self esteem through martial arts — he owns a — read the children's book he wrote "If I Called You a Hippopotamus," about the silliness of name calling.    

"Teasing isn't funny if you're the only one laughing," Stevens told the approximately 40 kids in attendance.

He passed on nuggets of information such as, "If someone calls you ugly, it doesn't make you ugly." 

Young ladies from Girl Scout Troop 94459 from Hawes Elementary School in Ridgewood participated in the event.

Click here to purchase the book from Amazon.

Alfred Fredel October 14, 2011 at 12:13 PM
Good job Gary, I hope others in the community would take the active approach that you do. Congrats!
Gary Stevens October 14, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Thanks, Alfred. I am available to be a guest speaker about Teasing and Bullying. If anyone is interested I can be reached by email: StevensTKD@aol.com
Chris Gliwa October 16, 2011 at 04:50 PM
I read your book over the summer. I think it's great for children. Every town should provide them in their schools and local libraries so they can lower or even elimanate bullying everywhere.Good Job.
Gary Stevens October 17, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Thank you Chris. The book is available at The Grow-cery (201) 447-0447, at my TKD School (201) 670-7263 or from Amazon.com. I will be reading, signing and speaking again about Bullying and Teasing in Mahwah at their Library on Nov 7 @4pm.
Gary Stevens October 22, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Plan Ahead! I will be speaking to the children at the MAHWAH PUBLIC LIBRARY about BULLYING and TEASING on Monday Nov 7th @ 4:15pm. It's FREE and OPEN to the public. I will be selling and signing my book, "If I Called You A Hippopotamus", as well.

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