On Friday, April 21, Captain McFinn and his ocean friends visited students at Altizer Elementary. Based on a recommendation from Cabell County Student Empowerment Team, the Marketing Department at the Huntington Mall selected Altizer this year to be the recipient of the Captain McFinn S.H.A.R:K. Patrol Kit (Students Help Achieve Respect & Kindness), a comprehensive program designed to help K-3rd grade students practice positive social skills.
Two hundred students in grades K-3 met Captain McFinn and his friends and said the bully-free pledge. After hearing the story of how Captain McFinn became a good friend, the students were treated to a variety of snacks provided by Sheetz at the Huntington Mall. They also got to meet Captain McFinn before they returned to their classrooms.
Books were provided for each classroom, along with stickers and one set of puppets. Principal Carrie Smith and Counselor James Wagner said the materials will be very beneficial in reiterating the message to students to be a friend and not a bully.
The Huntington Mall has presented S.H.A.R.K. Patrol kits to the following schools in Cabell County over the past several years: Davis Creek, Cox Landing, Peyton (now Explorer Academy), and Village of Barboursville.
Background: Captain McFinn in the Community
Malls and Retailers United against Bullying is in its fourth year. This awareness campaign is meant to garner attention to the growing problem of bullying behavior and how it can effect children throughout their lifetime. Over 260 malls and retailers participate across the United States. Each participant has the ability to give away a S.H.A.R.K. Patrol kit in their own community.
To read more about the program and information for teachers, parents and children’s apps, visit: