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September 3, 2019

Provident Bank Foundation Grant Brings Brooks Gibbs to OCC Grunin Center

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Ocean County College Foundation has received a $4,100 Community Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation to bring award-winning social skills educator Brooks Gibbs to the main stage of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, on the OCC campus, this fall. Gibbs will present to school groups at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on October 22. 

 Gibbs teaches students, parents, and teachers how to build emotional resilience and live by the Golden Rule. He focuses on two basic principles: Don’t Get Upset (Emotional Resilience) and Treat Them Like A Friend (The Golden Rule).

Most youth aggression is non-criminal and consists of name calling, social exclusion, and rumors. These behaviors are inevitable between siblings at home and peers at school. Despite the pettiness of these behaviors, they can do tremendous emotional harm to a student. Gibbs explains to students how to protect their emotions from the effects of these behaviors through emotional resilience.

 He also communicates the genius of The Golden Rule. This social instruction teaches students how to make friends and also manage their perceived enemies. The Golden Rule takes advantage of the law of reciprocity; as students learn to treat others as friends, this positive behavior becomes the social norm.

 Gibbs’ 45-50-minute high-energy keynote is full of excellent information and can be applied to any non-criminal aggression at home, on campus, or online. Gibbs, of course, also encourages students to seek adult intervention when they feel like they are in danger or cannot handle the aggression on their own.

 For more information, or to book a school group, contact Jaclyn Wood at the Grunin Center at 732-255-0400, ext. 2487, or

 About The Provident Bank Foundation

The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $25 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities.

 About the Ocean County College Foundation

The Ocean County College Foundation, a private non-profit organization, is dedicated to the growth and development of the College through scholarships, endowments, and capital and special projects. Originally established to provide scholarships to students attending OCC, the Foundation has expanded its outreach to partner with community leaders in business, industry, education, and government to reach a common goal to provide quality, affordable education to our students and to prepare them to assume their roles in our society. For more information on the Foundation, please call 732-255-0492.

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