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About Wingman AT BMS

The Wingman program was established by Ian Hockley to honor his son Dylan Hockley, an autistic little boy with a bigger heart than any of us could ever imagine. Dylan was also sadly a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. His story and the Wingman program have been shared at many other schools. Our goal is to bring it to BMS.

Wingman is a program that engages students in helping other students expand their group of friends and learn important social skills that we all can use everyday. We will be doing fun team building/bonding actives that inspire leadership, kindness and compassion.

Our BMS principal Nicholas DaPonte said, "BMS held a kick off assembly for the brand new Wingman Program. The Wingman Program grew out of the Wingman League and Dylan’s Wings of Change Organizations. The goal of the program is to develop a positive school community with a focus on developing students’ interpersonal skills and sense of empathy. Select 7th and 8th grade students (BMS’s Wingman Leaders) have participated in two full days of training with an experiential learning expert and have outlined activities and lessons for the year. The Wingman Leader’s first event officially kicked off the program. The kick off assembly was planned and run by our student leaders as well as Ian Hockley, the founder of the Wingman League. The assembly featured Eddie Slowikowski, an engaging motivational speaker who brought to life the Wingman message and themes of the program through an engaging assembly for our students. Students at BMS will continue to engage in Wingman activities twice a month."