Students Aim To SPARK
A Change Against Bullying
PARAMUS, N.J. – In recent years, when it comes to bullying and suicide prevention, a group of Bergen Community College students have sought to ignite a revolution. At its latest fundraiser April 18, the SPARK A Change student club – led by faculty adviser Jamie Keller (center) – inspired more than 150 students and members of the community to participate in a morning walk to rally support for the two causes. The event, sponsored jointly by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, raised more than $6,000 in donations. The group began at Bergen three years ago under Keller’s leadership to encourage anti-bullying advocacy, to challenge stereotypes and to provide a support system for young adults. – Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu) based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling nearly 17,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields.