May 20, 2014

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton supports anti-bullying campaign

Through a grant from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, partners from the Stark County Olweus Bullying Prevention program kicked off an All in Against Bullying campaign earlier this year, with an art contest asking students to show how they would stand up to bullying. Students submitted more than 500 original posters, billboard designs, artwork, radio scripts, film clips, t-shirt designs, slogans and banners.

Contest partners chose nine grand prize winners from three age groups, with winning submissions featured on billboards throughout Stark County in April.

The Stark County Educational Service Center and the Stark County parochial schools through the Diocese of Youngstown office of Catholic Schools spearheaded the countywide effort to build awareness. The Olweus Program is a comprehensive approach that includes school wide, classroom, individual, and community components. The program has been found to reduce bullying among students, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. To date, 26 Stark County schools (15 public schools and 11 parochial) have implemented the program.

A 2012 student survey offered a glimpse into the depth of the problem at 22 public and parochial schools in the Canton area:

  • 17 percent of girls and boys (797 students) reported being bullied twice a month or more often.
  • 7 percent of students reported being bullied for longer than a year. 
  • Girls reported being bullied more often than boys.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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