Anti-bullying grant application approvedWritten by Mary Petrides | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Victims Forum Peacemakers program’s grant application was approved at a May 25 Lucas County Commissioner meeting. The grant will fund programs for elementary, middle and high school students.
“We’re a completely grant-funded program,” Lynn Carder, program coordinator, said.
The first program teaches students in kindergarten through fifth grade about bullying — how to identify bullying behavior, how to talk to bullies and deal with issues then they arise, Carder said.
Another program, for at fifth- to twelfth-grade students, aims to prevent violence. Carder said someone who watches TV, plays video games and goes to movies will have seen 400,000 homicides by age 18. “We try to re-sensitize them,” she said. During the program, students learn about lifelong injuries and discuss what doctors can and can’t fix. Sometimes victims of violence speak to the students.
Students in sixth through twelfth grade also learn about dating violence. “Often kids are not even aware that they are being abused in a relationship,” Carder said. The program includes a professionally-produced video, and students are encouraged to participate in discussions. Carder said the program wasn’t designed to be “a preachy thing.”
One full-time and three part-time teachers put on the program, which reaches about 10,000 to 12,000 kids each year and is provided at no cost to the schools, Carder said.
“We’ve already booked the programs for next school year,” she said.