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Logan programs aimed at bullying

PRINCETON — In the continuing effort to handle issues like conflict resolution and bullying, Logan Junior High School and the Princeton Elementary School District has implemented a number of programs.
Logan Principal J.D. Orwig said students come into Logan Junior High having completed the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, which isn’t just about drug awareness but also about conflict resolution and anti-bullying. The program is a great foundation, he said.
In their first year at Logan, sixth-graders have a bullying presentation with Logan guidance counselor Jan Foehring. Among the topics covered are how students can play an active role in stopping bullying, how to help friends if they are being bullied and how to be more assertive themselves. The presentation also tells students whom they can contact if they are in an uncomfortable situation and what programs are available to them.
One of those programs is a peer mediation program, which includes a group of three seventh-graders and three eighth-graders who are trained in a step-by-step plan to help students who are having a conflict.
Other programs include a group mediation program and individual counseling, Orwig said. There is also a Student Assistance Team of staff members who meet monthly to brainstorm scenarios which students might face and intervention plans. There are also office referrals in which disciplinary action is required. There are times when parental involvement is needed.
Looking at the programs, Foehring said the programs are there to help students learn how to solve their own problems, which is an important life skill. Learning to solve their own problems builds self-confidence and helps kids to become more resilient.
In another effort to help students learn good social and coping skills, the school also brings special programs into the school and community, programs like “Rachel’s Challenge” which will be presented Wednesday at Logan.
“Rachel’s Challenge” is a nationally-known program inspired by student Rachel Scott who was killed in the Columbine, Colo., shootings in 1999. The premise behind “Rachel’s Challenge” is to accentuate random acts of kindness rather than bullying.
“Rachel’s Challenge” will include school presentations for Logan and Reagan Middle School students, as well as a free evening program for parents and area communities, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Logan.
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