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Success Story

by on October 19, 2013 10:40 AM

Anti-bullying efforts at Penns Manor Elementary School are paying off, and in more ways than one.

Earlier this month, the school’s efforts to curb bullying were recognized with a $1,250 Stories of Success Award from Highmark.

The elementary school’s efforts, put into place three years ago, have followed the Olweus Anti-Bullying Prevention Program to curb bullying and create a more positive environment at the elementary school.

Stories of Success Awards were made based on data from anti-bullying-related survey and interview activities.

Penns Manor Elementary is one of eight schools in the state recognized this year, according to Jill DaBella, school counselor and Olweusprogram coordinator.

“I was very excited,” DaBella said of when she got the good news. “It was a wonderful thing.”

In addition to the award money — which will be put back into the school’s anti-bullying program — the eight schools recognized will be featured this month on Highmark’s website.

DaBella credits Penns Manor teachers and administration for supporting the program.

“I think they need commended as well, because they have so many responsibilities on a daily basis,” she said.

Principal David Grimaldi, too, is pleased with the program’s progress.

“I can’t say enough about what it has done,” he said. “I think it’s improved our school climate tremendously.”

Julie E. Martin is a staff writer for the Indiana Gazette. Among her assignments are coverage of the Apollo-Ridge School and Penns Manor Area school districts and also White Township.
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