Three years into a broadscale bullying prevention program in Potter County Pennsylvania’s five school districts, students are showing signs of behaving more considerately and children have felt less intimidated or abused by their peers.
Ellen Shinn, grants director for Potter County Human Services, told the board that the county is in the third year of a fouryear program funded by a $234,000 state grant. Shinn said that since the program’s initiation, local schools have seen a reduction in bullying and improvements in peer relationships.
Adult involvement in the program extends beyond teachers, to support and custodial staff. Shinn said Human Services employees Leon Kaple and Debbie Hamilton have been instrumental in the program’s success as coordinators. Full story.