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Ellie the Robotic Elephant comes to Gainesville

Published: Oct. 22, 2019 at 6:27 PM EDT
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Empathy is not usually a word you would associate with robots, but one is helping students during Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month.

Millhopper Montessori School in Gainesville welcomed “Ellie the Robotic Elephant” to its campus to teach them the importance of exercising empathy.

“It’s so important for our children to be kind to all individuals no matter the backgrounds,” said Auri Hollinger, Millhopper Montessori School’s assistant director.

The school reached out to Peta’s “Teach Kind” program to give a presentation to students in Kindergarten through the fourth grade.

In celebration of the school’s “Unity Week,” staff and students created a “Unity Chain” which represents acceptance and tolerance.

“Treat people the way you want to be treated,” Hollinger said. “That is the message that we don’t just promote for today as we celebrate unity week and anti-bullying month, but we want to teach that all year round. That’s our focus."