News-Herald Staff Writer


HOPEDALE – An anti-bullying campaign implemented in one Harrison Hills City school will soon be spreading across the district.

Teachers and classified staff have begun training in each of the three buildings, with Harrison East Elementary personnel gathering at the Hopedale Fire Hall on Wednesday. It is all part of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a Swedish-based, comprehensive method that is used worldwide to reduce existing problems among students, prevent new problems, achieve better peer relations and create a positive school climate. It is a long-term, system-wide program for change involving the school, individual, classroom and community.

Pictured, Julia Carman, a fourth-grade teacher at Harrison East Elementary School in Hopedale and coordinating committee member, discusses the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program with other personnel on Wednesday during the first of three district-wide training sessions in Harrison Hills City Schools. Harrison Central Jr./Sr. High and Harrison North Elementary will conduct similar sessions with their own staff as the anti-bullying program is implemented across the district this fall.

Details of this successful program are featured in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.