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County wide bullying grant

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
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Fillmore Family Resources was awarded a county wide violence prevention grant in 2008. The grant is a Problem Solving Partnership Grant from Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs. The primary goal of the grant is to increase safety, resources and social skills for students and teachers in Fillmore County around the topic of bullying prevention. There is also a community component, and a goal to increase knowledge of bullying and build skills in handling bullying.

This first year was spent gathering information from schools about their bullying policies, and creating action plans based on what was needed to address bullying in individual schools. A survey was also completed by each county school's teachers and K-12 students. The survey asked questions regarding teachers' and students' perception of bullying in their school and how it was dealt with by administration. The results were used to develop and refine each school's action plan.

The final survey will target adults, and their perception of bullying in their respective school districts. A link to the survey can be found on each of the county school's website. An adult with or without children in school is welcome to take the survey. The survey wants to know what adults in our school districts see happening around the topic of bullying. The results of the surveys will be presented to school boards during Fall 2010 by Fillmore Family Resource Staff.

A poster contest was also sponsored this spring for all county children ages 4-12. Each of the school districts' students participated in the violence prevention poster contest. Winners were selected from each school district in 3 age categories. Prizes were also awarded: $50 - 1st place; $25 - 2nd place and $10 - 3rd place. Below are the poster contest winners:

Chatfield Schools

•Ages 4-6: 1st- Joanna Salerno; 2nd- Benjamin Fretland; 3rd- Evelyn Goldsmith.

•Ages 7-9: 1st- Annaliesa Kollar; 2nd- Kate Juus; 3rd- Darian Webster.

•Ages 10-12: 1st- Alli Hanson; 2nd- Kadin Hill.

Fillmore Central Schools

•Ages 4-6: 1st- Kjerstiana Corson: 2nd- Olyvia Willford.

•Ages 7-9: 1st- Taylor Willford; 2nd- Sadie Benson; 3rd- Rianna Ryan (tie); 3rd- Isabella Berg (tie).

•Ages 10-12: 1st- Brady Dutton; 2nd- Maggie McKernan & Kenzie Broadwater; 3rd- Abby Lange & Dorothy Jorgenson.

Kingsland Schools

•Ages 10-12: 1st- Daniel Dahl; 2nd- Danika Fay & Kelsey Miner-Tjekes.

Lanesboro Schools

•Ages 7-9: 1st- Wyatt Miehlisch; 2nd- Brynn Howerton; 3rd- Zoey Wilmar.

•Ages 10-12: 1st- Janell Boyum; 2nd- Audry DeKeyrell; 3rd- Claire Peiper.

Mabel-Canton Schools

•Ages 4-6: 1st- Elly Rutter; 2nd- Gavin Johnson; 3rd- Carter King.

•Ages 7-9: 1st- Lexi Thorson; 2nd- Payton Daielson; 3rd- Salina Stortz.

•Ages 10-12: 1st- Brittany Quam; 2nd- Maddy Aasum; 3rd- Mallory Marsden & Yasmin Scrabeck.

Rushford-Peterson Schools

•Ages 4-6: 1st- Dakota Marin; 2nd- Carina Bieberdorg; 3rd- Grace Buchanan.

•Ages 7-9: 1st- Laura Schmidt; 2nd- Kaitlyn Bieberdorf; 3rd- Mamei Grace Thompson.

•Ages 10-12: 1st- Morgan Kinglsey & Anna Kjos; 2nd- Haley Johnson; 3rd- Andrea Larson.

St. John's Lutheran School

•Ages 4-6: 1st- Nicole Schultz.

•Ages 7-9: 1st- Megan Schultz; 2nd- Sydney Eickhoff; 3rd- Elizabeth Miller.

•Ages 10-12: 1st- Danielle Schultz; 2nd- Gretchen Corson; 3rd- Rachel Kimball.

If you are interested in further information, please contact Holly Kanengieter, Violence Prevention Coordinator, 563-380-1184 or

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