Operation Respect is so grateful to all of the educators who are working hard every day to create more welcoming and respectful environments for their students. This week we would like to thank and honor Sid Krupkin, a retired Buffalo, New York, English teacher who became the Director of Education for the Respect Ability Foundation (RAF) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
As a singer/songwriter/educator, Sid joined forces with Arlene Berkman, founder of RAF, to offer a music-based social and emotional learning program to local schools in an effort to combat bullying and to encourage Bystanders to become Upstanders. Sid wrote hundreds of wonderful songs with children and, with RAF, disseminated and promoted Operation Respect’s Don’t Laugh at Me Program to local schools.
“Bullying is an unacceptable act that causes children, teenagers, and adults great hurt, emotionally, physically, and psychologically. RAF was founded to create awareness and to offer solutions for all involved by using music to unite and inspire, along with educational approaches to provide resources and strategies,” said Arlene Berkman.
Their message is delivered through song, audience participation and discussion as they know that music has the power to inspire change and create a more respectful, safe, and compassionate climate for learning. Sid Krupkin delivered song and music to children with so much love and personal devotion to building empathy and compassion in all of the schools the foundation has worked with over the past five years.
We are so grateful to you, Sid, and wish you much joy in your retirement this year!