Riverview School student anti-bullying project awarded $1,000 mini-grant from DPI

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A project aimed at bully prevention and proposed by a of Riverview School students has received funding from the state Department of Instruction.

The school was notified of the $1,000 grant two weeks ago, said Sarah Lindh, the school’s Director of Teaching and Learning.

Riverview observes Bully Prevention Month at our school through a variety of activities such as, spirit wear Friendship Fridays, poster contest, all-school assembly on bully prevention, parent presentation on bully prevention, and a school-wide “Stand Up Against Bullying” pledge.

Last year, Riverview School held an assembly in October, Bully Prevention Month, to get students in grades K-4 to know about the Buddy Bench. The school was given a Buddy Bench from Scherrer Construction, a construction company that did work at the school. Students were introduced to the Buddy Bench through student-developed skits presented during the assembly. The bench is a great reminder of how to be a buddy not a bully, so the students were motivated to get a Buddy Bench for outdoor use, Lindh said.

A team of sixth grade students — Amber Blount, Brandon Caldwell, Anthony Corona, and Ashley Kaminski — who attended a Leadership Conference in October worked together with Laura Stutzman, school counselor, and Lindh to write a student mini-grant. The grant included the purchase of an outdoor Buddy Bench and materials to develop lessons and peer mentoring opportunities for the 6th grade students to work with younger students.

With the notification that the mini-grant in the amount of $1,000 was funded the students will work throughout the year to implement the grant, Lindh said.



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