Scenic Heights Elementary, Deephaven Elementary, and Groveland Elementary were honored with Achieving Excellence Awards from Peacemaker Minnesota for their efforts regarding bullying prevention. Groveland Elementary also received a Commitment to Excellence Award from the organization for significantly improving their anti-bullying efforts from last year.
Anelise Peterson, who is a teacher and a member of the bullying prevention committee at Groveland Elementary, believes a major reason for improvement at Groveland is that the school placed an emphasis on teaching students the difference between conflict with others and bullying behavior.
"We are committed to supporting our students academically, socially and emotionally," Peterson said. "We know that bullying impacts students in both of these areas if it's not addressed. We focus each year to lower the number of bullying instances with the ultimate goal of eliminating it completely."
Similarly, Scenic Heights Principal Joe Wacker said, "It was great to see our school receive recognition from Peacemaker Minnesota for the second year in a row for all the efforts we put into making the school a safe place for everyone."
"Our focus at Deephaven is on creating a safe and friendly learning atmosphere for our students," said Principal Bryan McGinley, "The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program supports our work in this area by providing teachers with a weekly lesson that is focused on preventing bullying."
The awards were presented on September 9, on the field prior to the Minnesota Twins game at Target Field Stadium. Congratulations to Scenic Heights, Deephaven and Groveland Elementary!