Howland Glen students learn self-defense

Fees from after-school program raise $920

NILES — Children at several area school districts are learning how to be safe as part of an after-school program offered by Warren Martial Arts.

Children at Howland Glen Elementary School learned self-defense techniques in their physical education classes and then could attend an after-school program at the school. A recognition ceremony was held for the Howland students recently at the Warren Martial Arts’ new location inside the Eastwood Mall. Students were recognized for their behavior and being focused.

Damon Warren, instructor and director, said the program has been offered in the Bristol, Champion, Howland, Joseph Badger and Warren school districts.

“For the after-school program, children paid a $20 fee with all the money donated back to Howland Glen school,” Warren said, indicating $920 was given to the school.

The two-week program offered in physical education classes for all students is to help children protect and defend themselves against a bully or stranger, he said.

Warren said he speaks to children about being aware and the different types of bullying, including physical, verbal and now cyber. He said it is important children know about bullying prevention and stranger awareness.

“We want to help children in case they encounter someone they don’t know,” Warren said.

The program taught self-defense and taekwondo.

He said plans are to continue the program at other districts, including Lakeview and Maplewood.

In addition to locations in Champion and Niles, plans are to open a third location Jan. 31 on Belmont Avenue in Liberty. For information, call 330-367-9747.


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