Foundation for Respect Ability
Pineville Elementary School staff members started their school year a bit differently last week. They spent the first two days in training as part of The Foundation for Respect Ability’s pilot program, “Don’t Laugh at Me.” (DLAM).
The Cornelius-based foundation selected Pineville Elementary for its pilot school because of the staff’s willingness to incorporate the DLAM program throughout the school year as well as its staff’s commitment to the organization’s goals. Director of Education for Operation Respect Mark Weiss led the training with Dr. Loucrecia Watson- Collins, who is on the staff of the University of Alabama and is known for her proactive approaches to prevent bullying. Operation Respect is a nonprofit organization founded by Peter Yarrow of the music group Peter, Paul and Mary that aims to ensure each child has a safe and compassionate learning environment free of bullying.
“We are pleased to be chosen as the first pilot school by the Foundation for Respect Ability,” Pineville Principal Brian Doerer said in a statement. “Their support, lessons and strategies go beyond anti-bullying. They are working hand-in-hand with our school clientele to increase self-awareness among both our students and staff which will strengthen our interpersonal relationships.
“The data is clear,” Mr. Doerer said. “When we feel good about ourselves, when we have the skills to work well with others and when we teach the entire child both the effectiveness of teachers and students increases. We are grateful for their involvement in our school,” he said.
“We at Operation Respect are so pleased that the Foundation for Respect Ability is supporting work in schools that will result in children feeling more connected, safe and cared for,” Mr. Weiss said in a statement. “The Pineville staff is very special. They will be using music and the arts, research-based classroom activities, and school-wide events and celebrations and will be working with parents and the community to promote a positive environment for everyone at Pineville. It’s very exciting!” he said.
The Foundation for Respect Ability will be holding additional workshops for educators, administrators and community leaders as well as selecting additional pilot schools. The programs are funded by the foundation through the generosity of donors and sponsors. For more information, call 704-438-9798, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
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