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 relational skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.

 

Violence Prevention Efforts Recognized

Though our beloved Twins couldn’t pull off a win on September 8th, Lake Park Audubon Elementary and High Schools, and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in St. Anthony sure did!

Honored for exemplary results on the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ), a national survey, they received these PeaceMaker awards:

Achieving Excellence: given to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School for eliciting student responses better than the national average on 10 of 10 OBQ indicators – the only school to achieve this of the 28 administering the survey!  

Change Maker: given to Lake Park Audubon Elementary and High Schools for achieving the largest reduction in the number of students who reported being bullied. Twenty fewer students at each school reported being bullied compared to the previous year.

Commitment to Excellence: given to Lake Park Audubon Elementary and High Schools for improving their responses on 9 of 10 indicators compared to the previous year.

Pat Duerr, a founding contributor to PeaceMaker, presented the awards along with Executive Director, Dan McNeil. “These schools showed that stopping bullying and teaching positive relational skills is possible,” said Dan. It’s a possibility echoed by students. Young people at 10 PeaceMaker schools reported decreased bullying in the spring of 2019 compared to the spring of 2018. Combining results for all 15 schools, 81 fewer students reported being bullied.

Our congratulations to all of the honorees and our thanks to the Minnesota Twins for donating 400 tickets, so teachers, parents, and students could attend the presentation!

 

September 19, 2019