Roxanna Flores is a big World Wrestling Entertainment fan, and now the students of Bowman Ashe/Doolin K-8 Academy are big fans of hers.
Mrs. Flores, who teaches pre-kindergarten at the Southwest Miami-based school, entered a WWE Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) national anti-bullying contest, which ran Aug. 12 through Sept. 13.
Flores won the grand prize, as selected by random drawing, for a WWE Be a STAR anti-bullying rally at her school. WWE superstars Big Show and Titus O’Neil along with WWE diva Alicia Fox hosted the rally before 300 fifth, sixth and seventh graders on Jan. 31 in the school’s auditorium.
Students enjoyed the rally, excited to see (up close and personal) the larger than life WWE personalities, especially the 7-foot, 500-pound Big Show.
Students Saul Balcarceo, Sofia Bellon and Angello Furigay met the Big Show after the rally.
Big Show, who lives in Pinecrest, told students how he experienced bullying because of his size as a youth, O’Neil for his glasses and lanky frame. Fox, who was also bullied, strongly encouraged students to tell a parent, a teacher, a responsible adult if they are bullied (mentally, physically, cyber) or if they see someone else being buillied.
Big Show noted how the act of bullying is also a cry for help by the bully. It’s not just helping the one being bullied but also getting help for the bully.
Students Justin Badell, Melissa Leon and Isabella Ricardo also met the Big Show, as well as Fox and O’Neil.
Anyone (parent, teenager, teacher) who signed-up to take the Be a STAR anti-bullying pledge was eligible for the grand prize, a visit to his or her school by WWE.
Flores wondered when WWE would be in Miami because she wanted to purchase tickets for a show. She searched online. That’s when she found the WWE Be a STAR initiative and contest.
WWE visited Miami on Jan. 31 for a show at night at the AmericanAirlines Arena, so the superstars visited the school that afternoon. Lisset Vazquez, the school’s principal, opened the event by introducing the WWE sports entertainers to a thunderous ovation.
Flores, Vazquez, Christina Albarran, Marlene Iza-Rodriguez, Maria Tourino, Mrs. Hernandez, other administrators and staff and their students joined WWE superstars and divas and thousands of people from nearly 100 countries who have taken the Be a STAR anti-bullying pledge.
Full circle, that night Flores attended WWE’s action-packed show.
Free anti-bullying curriculum available for parents, students, teachers
Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011. The mission of Be a STAR is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness. Be a STAR promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.
Currently, Be a STAR has 58 alliance members, including National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN), GLAAD, STOMP Out Bullying, The Ad Council and the United Federation of Teachers all partnering together to take action against bullying.
As part of its mission, the alliance unveiled a free anti-bullying curriculum created by NEA HIN and True Educator, Inc. The teacher’s resource aide aligns with national education standards to complement existing mandated curriculums, and consists of nine lesson plans and video clips that teachers can access for free. The curriculum has been downloaded by more than 3,000 educators across the country.
The Alliance debuted Be a STAR Chapter Toolkits to help schools and communities start their own Be a STAR chapters. The free kit includes a guide on how to start a Be a STAR chapter, suggested activities, resources, a poster and other useful tools to combat bullying. The chapter toolkit has been downloaded by more than 4,000 students across the country.
Visit www.beaSTARalliance.org and
YouTube video of WWE Be a STAR rally in Miami
with Big Show, Alicia Fox and Titus O’Neil
at Bowman Ashe/Doolin K-8 Academy
Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
Principal Vazquez: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXphFns_GnA
Alicia Fox: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vue0ksUPUw
Titus O’Neil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X50FQm_kQuM
Teacher Mrs. Flores: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKIrB1uAJVU
WWE video of WWE Be a STAR rally in Miami