The Upper St. Clair School District's Eisenhower Elementary School was one of eight schools in Pennsylvania to receive special recognition at the 2013 Pennsylvania Safe Schools Conference for demonstrating quality implementation of evidenced-based bullying prevention strategies, according to a district news release.
The recognition was determined through teacher surveys and interviews conducted by the Center for Safe Schools, the release states.
Principal Mark Miller and the Eisenhower staff implemented the bullying prevention strategies for Eisenhower through a technical assistance grant made possible by the Highmark Healthy High 5, an initiative of the Highmark Foundation.
The PA CARES (Creating an Atmosphere of Respect and Environment for Success) grant provides up to 10 hours of technical assistance to support the sustainability of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program model, to participate in research evaluation and to access resources to support implementation and sustainability.
Each of Upper St. Clair's elementary and middle schools have been using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program model since the 2011-12 school year.
In 2013-14, the district received an additional funding scholarship in the amount of $4,200 for an employee to attend an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Trainer Certification Course. In addition, $4,500 in funding will be received to assist in the implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program model, which will be expanded to Upper St. Clair High School.
"I congratulate Mr. Mark Miller and the Eisenhower staff for this state-level recognition," district Superintendent Dr. Patrick T. O'Toole said in the release. "I also commend Ms. Eloise Stoehr, supervisor of pupil personnel services, for working with Pennsylvania's Center for Safe Schools and applying for the grants and funding opportunities offered through the Highmark Foundation's Healthy High 5 initiative."