Anti-bullying initiative seeks volunteers
Adults throughout the community are stepping up and joining the effort to stop bullying in schools. The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office and Child Advocates of Nevada County have been recruiting adult volunteers to teach the comprehensive and evidence-based anti-bullying curriculum, “Steps to Respect,” to students in fourth and fifth grade classrooms throughout the county. The program is funded by the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant initiative.
Retired teachers, concerned parents and community members from all walks of life have attended a one-day training that has prepared them to present the “Steps to Respect” curriculum to students for one hour, once a week for 10 weeks. Working with a partner and with the full support and participation of the classroom teacher, many of those volunteers have begun lessons and are enthusiastic about the response from students.
As part of the “Steps to Respect” curriculum, volunteers teach social skills like how to find and make friends and how to join a group. They help students learn how to recognize bullying and how to change their own bullying behavior, as well as help others change. Students learn how to appropriately respond to and report bullying. They learn the importance of bystanders, those who witness bullying and must decide whether or not to wield influence on their peers. Students test out their new skills in the classroom, in role-plays, in written assignments and discussion, and then hopefully transfer their knowledge to the rough and tumble realities on the playground.
The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office and Child Advocates of Nevada County are recruiting additional volunteers as more schools request help.
A training will be held on Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Highway. Fingerprinting, background checks and a current TB test are required and will be provided to volunteers at no cost. For more information, or to volunteer, call Linda Collins at Child Advocates, at 265-9550, ext. 237, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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