To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth  learn positive relation skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.

 

PeaceMaker School Awards at the Twins 2016

  

PeaceMaker Minnesota presented awards to five schools in September before the Twins game:  the Achieving Excellence Award to Great River School (St. Paul), Highland Catholic School (St. Paul), Lake Park Audubon Elementary School (Audubon) and Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Lower Campus (St. Paul).  

The annual award recognizes schools for achieving exemplary results compared to schools serving the same grades from throughout the country.  All of the schools did better on 9 out of 10 indicators measuring:

  • Percentage of students who report being been bullied 2 – 3 times per month or more

 

  • Percentage of students who report that they are "sometimes," "fairly often," "often," or "very often" afraid of being bullied by other students in school.

 

  • Percentage of students responding that teachers and adult staff try to put a stop to it when a student is being bullied at school.

 

  • Percentage of students responding that other students try to put a stop to it when a student is being bullied at school.   

 

  • Percent of students responding that the number of good friends that they have in their classes is “none” or “one.”

 

Response to the five questions were segmented between male and female students to make ten indicators.  The data comes from schools administering the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ), a student survey for grades three through 12.  Twenty schools from throughout Minnesota shared their OBQ results with PeaceMaker Minnesota to qualify for the award.  

 

Great River School also received the PeaceMaker Minnesota Change Maker Award for achieving the largest reduction in the number of students who reported being frequently bullied during the past year.  Nine schools submitted OBQ results from the past two school years and Great River saw the largest reduction in the number of students (ten) reporting to be bullied two to three times a month or more often.

 

PeaceMaker Minnesota presented the Commitment to Excellence Award to Lincoln Center Elementary (South St. Paul) for achieving the greatest improvement in its student survey results.  Lincoln Center students reported improvements in their responses on nine out of 10 indicators compared to 2015.

 

“These awards demonstrate that schools can make a difference in how kids treat each other,” said Dan McNeil, Executive Director of PeaceMaker Minnesota.  

 

“Our goal is to help schools to be safer places and to help kids learn positive relational skills like empathy, respect, and how to resolve conflicts without hurting relationships,” said McNeil.  “By supporting more peaceful schools, our overall goal is to plant seeds for more peaceful communities and a less violent future.”

“We help schools improve their results compared to what they achieved the previous year and compared to national benchmarks,” said McNeil.  

Honored schools received complementary tickets to the game, and received their awards on the field before the game.