August 26, 2015

The Respect Ability Foundation Announces a Back to School Forum at the Davidson Town Hall on Bullying and Cyber bullying

The Respect Ability Foundation is presenting a community back to school open forum on bullying and cyber bullying. The forum will provide a dialog for parents to address issues with bullying and cyber bullying with a panel of area experts and to create awareness of available resources. The forum is on Wednesday August 26th from 4-6p.m. at the Davidson Town Hall Board Room, 216 South Main Street, Davidson, NC.

This is an opportunity for parents to get information from community experts. This forum will help prepare parents and students for the upcoming school year in case someone they know is involved in a bullying incident or becomes a target of bullying.  The panel of experts include: John Concelman, Character Development Initiatives Specialist CMS schools; Dana Jarrett, Principal Davidson Elementary; Lynn Hennighausen, Executive Director Davidson Lifeline; Officer Phil Geiger, Davidson Police Department, and Sid Krupkin, Director of Education for the Foundation for Respect Ability.

April 25, 2015

The Charlotte Knights Partner with the Respect Ability Foundation to Create a Pre-game Activity Guide for Education Day

The Charlotte Knights has teamed with the Respect Ability Foundation for the third year in a row to provide activities for Education Day on April 29, 2015 around Teamwork, Diversity, Creating Bully Free Zones and Conflict Resolution. The grade appropriate activities are mixed with baseball quotes, baseball terms and baseball history. The sixty-page Activity Guide for Enhancing School Culture is named “Game Changer” and was prepared by the Foundation for Respect Ability. The guide is sent to each school who has signed up for Education Day and Homer, the Knights mascot is personally delivering it to the school (s).

The foundation was honored to be a part of Education Day. We were given the opportunity to demonstrate how teamwork, diversity, anti-bullying and conflict resolution all touch “base” to help create a culture of respect and tolerance.

“By taking these lessons to heart and using them with your interaction with others we can all become Game Changers!” states Scotty Brown, General Manager of Baseball Operations for the Charlotte Knights.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Be4Me: A Parent Guide to the Teen World of Social Media

DAVIDSON, N.C. –Davidson LifeLine invites you to “Be4Me: A Parent Guide to the Teen World of Social Media” on Tuesday, November 4, 7:00-8:30 pm, at the Davidson United Methodist Chapel at 304 South Main Street in Davidson.  .

Join local experts as we walk through the Top 10 Principles of Social Media, Digital Citizenship, and Effective Boundaries

Topics such as social media platforms, definitions of bullying and cyberbullying and discerning bullying from cruelty, four steps to creating and holding boundaries with children, and samples of digital family agreements will be covered. A 30 page guide, “Be4Me: A Parent’s Guide to Social Media, Digital Citizenship, and Effective Boundaries” will be available to participants.  


August 19, 2014

The Foundation for Respect Ability Partnered with the Huntersville Police Department for a Back to School Forum on Bullying and Cyberbullying



The Respect Ability Foundation and the Huntersville Police Department teamed up for a community back to school open forum on bullying and cyberbullying. The forum provided a dialog for parents and children to address issues with bullying and cyber bullying with a panel of area experts and to  helped to create awareness of available resources.

This was a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and students to get information and ask question of  community experts. This forum helped to prepare parents and children or the upcoming school year. All students, at some point, will witness or be involved with a bullying or cyber bullying incident. “This issue affects all of us.” Lieutenant Tom Seifert of the Huntersville Police Department stated, “This was a great opportunity for the Huntersville Police Department to help shed light on this issue and provide our schools, students and parents with valuable resources.”

ACN sponsored the event. Gift certificates were raffled off to the children in the audience from Staples and Office Depot. Thank you all for supporitng this Forum!

October 12, 2013

Inclusive Children’s Musical Performance by Charlotte School Children at National Inclusion Project’s 10th Anniversary Champions Gala

The National Inclusion Project is pleased to team with the Respect Ability Foundation to musically demonstrate what inclusion is all about at their 10th Anniversary Champions Gala on October 12th in Charlotte, NC. The performance will feature an inclusive group of Charlotte school children singing multiple songs about respect for all children, including ‘Don’t Laugh at Me’ along with Sid Krupkin, the Respect Ability Foundation’s Artistic and Education Director.

“Having local children from the Respect Ability Foundation programs spread their message of tolerance and diversity through song, seemed like the perfect fit for our event about inclusion. We are excited about their performance and know that all attendees will be inspired by their songs” says Jerry Aiken, Executive Director of the National Inclusion Project.

The 10th Anniversary Champions Gala will be hosted by co-founder Clay Aiken and be held on October 12th at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte, NC at 8pm. Tickets are currently on sale online through and on the phone or in person at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Box Office at (704) 372-1000(704) 372-1000, Belk Theater Lobby at 130 North Tryon Street in Charlotte, NC.

April 23 & May 7, 2014

Game Changers at the Charlotte Knights New Stadium on Edcuation Days


April 16 and 24, 2013

Charlotte Knights “Anti-bullying” Education Day(s) field trip

Theme: Be An Upstander to Help Stop Bullying: How teamwork will help stop bullying

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." - Yogi Berra, former Major League Baseball Player and Manager

April 5
The National Inclusion Project Conference

The National Inclusion Project ( serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with special needs and the world around them. By providing services and financial assistance, the Project supports communities and programs in creating awareness and opportunities for full inclusion where barriers break and doors open.

October 22, 2012
Engage Summit: Sponsored by CMS and the Attorney General's Office Western Division 
Mission:  Empowering Students, staff and community leaders to unite and take a stand to promote positive climates in their schools and communities

Hear My Voice: Change Starts with Me

As part of the Making It Better Campaign , Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the United States Attorney’s Office-Western District of North Carolina, held a second Engage Summit Oct. 22 at the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. The mission is to empower students, staff and community leaders to unite and take a stand to promote positive climates in their schools and communities. The Respect Ability Foundation was the organizer for the event.

April 24, 2012
Parents Night at Pineville Elementary showcased teachers' efforts to create "Upstanders"

Pineville Elementary School is held a Parent's Night April 24 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate its year-long efforts with the Respect Ability Foundation and the implementation of the "Don't Laugh at Me" program.

The program included a spring concert from the school chorus and some character songs that were written by the students with the help of the Foundation's Artistic Director Sid Krupkin. The students also performed role plays that emphasize the role an "Upstander" plays in order to help stop bullying.

The Foundation awarded Pineville Elementary School as an "Upstander" School for the 2011-2012 school year for its exemplary performance in creating a positive culture.

April 12, 2012
Concord Mills Cinemas

The Foundation for Respect Ability held a private screening of the controversial film BULLY.

BULLY: Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America's bullying crisis. BULLY follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. 1 hour 30 minutes, NEW rating: PG-13

A special thank you to the Weinstein Company, AMC Theatres and Concord Mills Theatre for their support with this event!

April 14, 2012
Bullying Seminar Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church
Hosted by: NAUW-Charlotte Branch, Ebenezer Baptist Church Youth Ministry and Hats Off 2 U

Dr. Loucrecia Watson-Collins and the Respect Ability Foundation led some of the workshop 

R&B/ Pop sensation Devin Kowl and Artistic Director and Perfomer Sid Krupkin singing together for the first time at the CMS Engage Summit

March 21, 2012

The Engage Summit with CMS schools

Hosted by CMS and US Attorney's Office-Western District of NC

As part of the Make It Better campaign, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and United States Attorney’s Office – Western District of North Carolina have launched a student empowerment initiative, called Engage to enhance school climates with a particular focus on building support teams. Our goal is simple: to empower students to take ownership in their school and community through student-led community collaboration.

The Respect Ability Foundation was part of the planning team and also provides music and entertainment to help engage the audience.

October 30, 2011

"Don’t Laugh At Me” fundraising event to help stop bullying       
Featuring Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary with Billy Jonas 

Peter Yarrow performed a heartwarming concert that spanned many generations!

Peter Yarrow and Sid Krupkin rehearsing with the childrens choir pre-concert, what a suprise treat to witness such love, respect and admiration!

Everyone looked on in amazement!

Billy Jonas got the audience on its feet!

Peter, Billy, with the Pineville Children's Choir and the Charlotte Childrens Choir as one!

The Respect Ability Foundation was proud to present an afternoon with Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, in concert at the Knight Theatre Oct. 30, 2011. Peter performed iconic songs like “If I Had A Hammer”, “Blowing In The Wind,” “Puff, The Magic Dragon” and the anthem of Operation Respect’s school-based program, “Don’t Laugh At Me, which, along with highly effective social and emotional learning curricula fosters a caring, accepting, ridicule-free and bully-free school and community environment for children and adults, alike. 

Billy Jonas, who has performed with Peter in the past, is known internationally for highly engaging and energetic performances. Impossible to categorize, Jonas combines influences from folk, jazz, nonwestern traditions and one-of-a-kind sources, including the audience’s imagination. 


October 5, 2011

Woodlawn School, Mooresville 

August 19, 2011

Pineville Elementary School Kick-off Concerts

Three assemblies for over 700 children grades1-5




March 27, 2011

McKinney Academy

Private school concert for parents and students 

Jan. 23, 2011

St Albans Church, Davidson, NC

Concert for Local Residents in the Lake Norman area.