Bullying efforts lauded
On Oct. 1, the Highmark Foundation and the Center for Safe Schools awarded Penns Manor Elementary School a “Stories of Success” award in the form of a check for $1,250. The school was recognized for the demonstration and quality implementation of evidenced-based bullying prevention strategies.
The Center for Safe Schools conducted teacher surveys and interviews to determine the award recipients. Hats off to the Olweus team led by Jill DaBella, Olweus trainer/leader.
This is the third year for the elementary school to implement the Olweus Bully Prevention Program.
There has been great support from the principal, faculty, students, parents and community.
The goal of the program is to reduce bullying incidents and prevent them from happening in the first place.
Students and teachers meet weekly to engage in activities that promote positive behavior in the school, home and community. Many schools in Pennsylvania have the Olweus program. Our elementary building was one of eight schools chosen for recognition from the Highmark Foundation. The money will be used to fund future bullying prevention programs.
PHOTO: Pictured, from left, front row, are Joe Frontino, art teacher; Antionette Beilchick, third grade; Beth Palilla, fifth grade; Jennifer Boston, kindergarten; Christine Carpenter, sixth grade; and Kim Rhea, fourth grade; and second row, David Grimaldi, principal; Amy Mountain, first grade; Loraine Ludwig, second grade; Jill DaBella, guidance/Olweus trainer/leader. (Karen Cramer/Penns Manor Area High School)