COLONIE, N.Y. -- A former Miss New York spoke with students at Sand Creek Middle School about bullying and tolerance on Friday as part of Creekfest.
Kaitlin Monte, Miss New York 2011, spoke from personal experience. She said she was bullied in her teens and early adulthood. Monte shared her message of building character through leadership to empower students in a positive way.
"What I am sort of hoping to do is enable them to walk out of the room and feel like they can do something positive and potentially on an individual level improve their school climate," said Monte.
The event kicks off a year-long campaign in the school promoting the pillars of character. It focuses on qualities of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship, honesty, perseverance, and cooperation.