Open to Kuser, Mercerville and Wilson School third- to fifth-grade students who participated in PEI Kids’ Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Bully Prevention workshops during the 2012-2013 school year, the contest required the children to illustrate strategies to reduce bullying, including self-assertive rather than aggressive or passive behaviors; the power of witnesses; and standing up for the rights of others.
According to Melody Powell, PEI Kids’ Director of Prevention Services, “Every entry was impressive this year, but Mercerville students ‘wowed’ us the most with their creations! They creatively emphasized the importance of standing up as witnesses and reporting bullying incidents. Our approach to this is systemic – educating students, parents and educators – so we were happy the children showed awareness of the importance of confiding in trusted adults.”
As the New Jersey Child Assault Prevention (CAP) designee for Mercer County for more than 25 years, PEI Kids’ Prevention/Education workshops reach over 14,000 children aged 3-16 annually. The age-appropriate and engaging programs address critical topics that schools personnel are unequipped to provide, including child assault and sexual abuse prevention; bullying prevention; and cyber-safety. Programs reinforce personal safety concepts to students, school staff and parents. According to Powell, last year alone, PEI Kids staff members presented a total of 549 workshops in more than 70 Mercer County schools. For further information about these and other workshops that teach children how to be “safe, strong and free,”, call Powell at (609) 695-3739.
About PEI Kids
PEI Kids’ aspiration for the children of Mercer County, NJ, is “Safe Kids, Sound Futures.” Currently serving approximately 16,000 children and their families each year, the nonprofit organization began in 1985 when, while working at a rape crisis center, its founders discovered there were no local services tailored for children who had been sexually abused. For the past 28 years, its mission has been dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. Its services have expanded to include engaging, developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse Prevention/Education and Intervention programs relating to personal safety; physical and sexual abuse; understanding physical and educational differences;