All 2017 UAB Grant Program Applicants Are Winners

Drum Roll Please

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of this year’s annual United Against Bullying Grant Program. We received 121 applications, many of which were creative, well-planned, and ambitious. All of the proposals had the students’ safety and well-being clearly defined as a priority. This made the selection process both exciting and very difficult.

“Winning is not everything but making the effort to win is.” – Vince Lombardi

We thank every applicant who took the time to apply for funding to help stop bullying and keep their students safe. Everyone who applied is a winner for starting the thought process, conversations, and planning. It will have ripple effects.

Diverse Programming Proposed

Here are just a few of the strategies proposed by grant winners:

  • Help students understand what bullying is and how to handle it from the point of view of the bully, the bullied, or the bystander
  • Support programs that teach empathy, problem-solving, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making
  • Establish peer-to-peer speaking groups and clubs, conferences for students and teachers, and restorative circles
  • Launch school-wide bullying awareness days, events celebrating diversity, art and poetry contests about bullying; and incentive/reward programs for kindness.

We also received proposals from transportation departments requesting school bus equipment, training on bullying for bus drivers, and programs to connect bus drivers with the school and community.United Against Bullying Winners

2017 United Against Bullying Grant Winners

Banning Unified SD, California

Barren County SD 21, Kentucky

Beekman Charter School, Louisiana

Benjamin Cosor Elementary School, Fallsburg Central SD, New York

Blenheim Bus Lines, Ontario

Cahokia Unit SD 187, Illinois

Carlinville Community Unit School District #1, Illinois

Chadwick R-1 SD, Missouri

Charlotte Mecklenburg County SD, North Carolina

Cottage Grove Middle School, South Washington County Schools, Minnesota

Fordland R-III SD, Missouri

Green Forest SD, Arkansas

Helen Keller Junior High School, Schaumburg SD 54, Illinois

High Mount SD 116, Illinois

Highland Central SD, New York

International Bullying Prevention Association, Michigan

Midway R-1 SD, Missouri

Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School, Minnesota

PeaceMaker Minnesota, Minnesota

Rachel’s Challenge, Colorado

Reach Child and Youth Development Society, British Columbia

Sit With Us, Inc., California

Smithtown High School East, Smithtown Central SD, New York

St. Louis Public SD, Missouri

Stand Strong USA Inc., DBA Be Strong, Florida

Stevens Point Area SD, Wisconsin

Tackan Elementary School, Smithtown Central SD, New York

Tarkio R-I SD, Missouri

Uvalde Consolidated Independent SD, Texas

Vallo Transportation Ltd., New York

Washington Middle School, SD of Washington, Missouri

Wayne County SD, North Carolina

Worthington City Schools, Ohio

Wynford Elementary School, Wynford Local Schools, Ohio

Zadok Casey Middle School, Illinois

Changing a Culture

Congratulations and thank you to all of the winners, and to everyone who has conversations with young people on kindness and bullying. It requires conscious commitment, agreement between all parties (think of a pledge), and consistent messaging (think of posters, incentives for helpfulness, public address systems reporting random acts of kindness), to change the environment. Given that 160,000 students skip school every day because they are afraid of being bullied, we believe there is nothing more important you could focus on.

For current news on our campaigns, added resources, and inspiring stories, subscribe to UAB’s semi-monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple Effect.

Teresa Lynne, Seon

 

Teresa Lynne
United Against Bullying Program Coordinator
teresa.lynne@seon.com

 

 

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