Public board to strengthen anti-bullying program locally

Local public school students are learning about the dangers of bullying—and what they can do to stop it—thanks to an ongoing program at the Rainy River District School Board.
The board began an anti-bullying curriculum as a pilot project in the 2003-04 school year. Since then, administrators have sought feedback from teachers to further develop and strengthen it.
Now called STAR (safety, truth, attitude, and respect), the program is being delivered to students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 9.
“The Rainy River District School Board recognizes that bullying is an issue in many schools and communities,” reads a board report.
“The purpose of the STAR program is to instill in students social virtues and personal character traits so as to improve the learning environment, promote student achievement, reduce disciplinary problems, and develop socially-responsible students of high character,” it added.
“Students learn that what they do matters, and that one person can make a big difference.”
Trustees will hear a report on the program from assistant Superintendent of Education Linda Hill during tonight’s regular monthly board meeting at Robert Moore School.
Also at tonight’s meeting, which gets underway at 7 p.m., the board will:
•hold elections for the positions of chair and vice-chair;
•recognize the efforts of F.H. Huffman School in bringing in Fort High students to share effective reading strategies with younger students; and
•recognize custodians and maintenance staff in its monthly REACH program.
In other news, the Northwest Catholic District School Board held elections for the positions of chair and vice-chair at its regular monthly meeting on Saturday in Dryden.
Gerry Rousseau was acclaimed as chair once again while Robert vanOort was acclaimed as vice-chair.

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