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The Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colo. 80734, Thurs., Dec. 6, 2012—Page 5

Elementary students stand up to bullying By Darci Tomky   The energy was electrifying in the HHS auditorium last Thursday, Nov. 29 when Holyoke Elementary students pledged to “Take a Stand, Lend a Hand, Stop Bullying.”   The program not only educated students about bullying,

but it also showcased and celebrated the bullying unit the kids have been working on the last couple months with elementary counselor Sharon Jones.   They have tackled many different bullying scenarios and now are confident they can

   Fifth-grader Andrew Rivera jumps for a high five from 6’10” NJC basketball player Austin Gamblin. He is one of the lucky winners of tickets to an NJC basketball game. —Enterprise photo

be “upstanders” instead of bystanders.   Students could barely contain their excitement when Jones introduced surprise guests from the Northeastern Junior College men’s basketball team.   Head coach Eddie Trenkle and players Joe Dellenbach, Dre Clayton, Patryck Minter and Austin Gamblin showed their support of the “Take a Stand” program.   “It does happen ... every day,” said Minter, explaining to the students how he was bullied as a child, even to the point of missing school because he didn’t want to face the bullies. He was not always a 6’6” basketball player. “I know exactly where you’re coming from.”   The speakers reinforced how important it is to pay attention to how students are treating each other. At the beginning of every basketball season, the athletes are challenged to find ways to help at least three people on campus. Just simple acts of kindness make a huge difference to how the team is viewed by the other students and teachers.   “Each one of you has the power to change the world around you,” said Gamblin. “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”   Two students from each grade K-6 were lucky enough to win a ticket to an NJC basketball game, where they can see their new heroes in action.   Everyone was up on their feet as “Stand Up” by Sugarland and “Firework” by Katy Perry motivated students and teachers to take a stand against bullying.   Students rounded out the program by signing a banner to pledge their promise to “Take a Stand, Lend a Hand, Stop Bullying.”  

   First-graders Andrea Marquez, Caden Sporhase and Jessica Owens sign the banner, promising to take a stand against bullying.   —Enterprise photo

   NJC men’s basketball coach Eddie Trenkle, at left, introduces four of his basketball players, from left, Austin Gamblin, Patryck Minter, Joe Dellenbach and Dre Clayton, who were surprise guests at last Thursday’s anti-bullying program.   —Enterprise photo

Authors of World War II book plan signing Dec. 8 at Inklings Dr. John Elliff and Denny Dressman, authors of “Sterling Heroes of World War II,” will be in Holyoke at Inklings Book Store’s Christmas Tea Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 9 a.m. Their book was launched July 4 this year, and the two look forward to signing copies in Holyoke this weekend. “Sterling Heroes” is a unique collection of first-person accounts of World War II service. Thirty-six men from Sterling and surrounding Logan Coun-

   Rich Mullaney is pictured at left as he oversees his dog Mikey during a session of Treibball.

mands (verbal cues, whistles or hand signals), to use his nose or shoulders to drive eight balls into a goal, within 10 minutes. The American Treibball Association, with leadership from leading dog trainers, has been working hard over the past several years developing a training curriculum and Treibball Rules for the United States. The association is now working to train others to certify them on the approved curriculum to continue to spread the sport. Several trainers from Wildland Dog Training, headquarters in Brighton, recently attended an American Treibball Association Academy held in Brighton in November. These dog trainers are now certified to train others in the sport.

According to Rich Mullaney from Akron and recently certified ATA Trainer, “Treibball is a great activity for dog owners and active dogs of all ages. I am looking for ways to bring this new sport to northeastern Colorado. I am hoping to have training sessions and competition in the region in the years to come.” For more information on Treibball, contact Wildland Dog Training at 303-652-7460 or Mullaney at 970-345-2711.

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Mullaney hopes to spread new dog game in Colorado Treibball is a game/competition where a dog herds eight large balls of varying sizes into a soccer size net. To develop rules and promote the new game, the American Treibball Association (ATA) was organized and incorporated in 2010. So the sport is very new and growing fast. According to the ATA, “Treibball (pronounced Tribeball) is a new, positive-reinforcement, competitive sport for dogs of all ages and sizes who love to play chase games or who just love to herd. Fun and communication between the human and canine partners is the true essence of the game. Treibball consists of the dog working off-leash and obeying the handler’s com-

ty shared their very personal experiences in video-recorded interviews conducted by Elliff, a Sterling ophthalmologist who is now retired. Beginning in 2000, Elliff ’s project spanned more than 10 years. Elliff engaged longtime journalist and author Dressman to edit transcripts of the interviews and produce a remarkable history of the period that touched the lives of all

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