Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation

Physician families committed to creating a healthier Sonoma County by improving the lives of those in need




                   Creating a safe, supportive learning

                   environment for our children is everyone's

                   responsibility. Together we can make bullying

                   a thing of the past.


     Safe Schools Program

Founded in 2001, this program awards Sonoma County public schools with funding to purchase anti-bullying and anti-violence student education, materials and training curricula.

Bullying

Bullying at school affects at least 1 in 7 children in our public schools. The long-term effects on bullied children have been well-documented and can be devastating, including diminished self-esteem, depression, even suicide. However, bullying and school violence have been determined to decrease with education and student/teacher awareness.

Each year, mini-grants are awarded to schools who are selected in collaboration with our Safe Schools contact at the Sonoma County Office of Education, an expert in the field of violence prevention. Each school chooses to implement the anti-bullying program that best fits their needs and must be a state-approved, evidence-based program in order to be funded by our mini-grant.

For information, contact Linda at safeschools@sonic.net

SCMAAF would like to thank our generous donors to our Safe School Program, including Elly Werner, Leo Hoefer and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods.

Every 7 Minutes: the Danger of Bullying

 

Programs

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Funds awarded to elementary, middle and high schools throughout Sonoma County have helped teachers purchase needed anti-bullying curriculum. Grant funds have been used to buy materials, provide training to staff, counselors and students in order to implement and maintain programs that address bullying at school. Examples of programs and curricula which have been purchased include:

  • A Bully Free School
  • Anti-Cyberbullying Club for students
  • Second Step Bullying Program
  • Safe School Ambassador training
  • The Toolbox Project
  • Waking Up Courage Assembly

How to Apply

This year's applications are being processed. Print out a Mini-grant Application. Applications must be received by Friday, October 28, 2016. Thank you for your interest in the Safe Schools program grant.

If you have further questions about the grant program, please contact our Safe Schools Program Chair at safeschools@sonic.net .

Grants Awarded

  • Cinnabar School(Team of Five Conference specialized training for five member team in San Francisco)
  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (B.E.S.T. Practices, Violence Prevention Program)
  • Slater Middle School (Bully Prevention Month/Workshops/Video production)
  • Adele Harrison Middle School (Safe Ambassadors Program)
  • Wilson Elementary School (Toolbox program (BMX Stunt Team))
  • Guerneville School (School counselor to help foster violence & bully prevention)
  • Lawrence E. Jones Middle School (Anti-Bullying T-Shirt for students and staff for Stand Up and Speak Out anti-bullying program)
  • University Elementary School La Fiesta (No Bullies Here - Stop Bullying Assembly/School Wide Procedures - also supported by PTA)
  • Westside Union Elementary School (Joyful Mind Project - Mindfulness for Schools & Families. Also uses Toolbox Project)
  • Rancho Cotate Middle School (Cougars say "No to Bullying" assess through surveys, promotional materials)
  • Park Side/Brook Haven Sebastopol (Peacemaker/Ambassador Program - Training materials, Teeshirts, Posters, etc.)
  • Thomas Page Academy, Cotati (This is a Safe Place - Develop School wide procedures, posters, print materials)
  • Comstock Middle School (Community Building Days, part of BEST PLUS programs, Safe School Ambassadors)
  • Cali Calmecac Language Academy (Soul Shoppe, Keeping Schools Safe and Bully-Free, Training, Program days, Peacemaker Program)
  • JX Wilson Elementary (Buddy Bench and Conflict Resolution Program - CRU Institute, Training Materials, T-shirts, Bench & Materials)
  • Riebli Elementary School (Bully Prevention - Setting the Stage Each Year - Already use BEST)
  • Roseland Elementary (Feelings Fuel Behaviors - Kimochis curriculum, toolkit, curriculum related tools, teacher training)
  • Kid Street Learning Center (Toolbox Implementation Year 5, teacher training, substitutes, materials)
  • Sonoma Valley High School (Changing School Climate: Peer Leaders Uniting Students, training for 2 teachers in Sacramento (Oct. 2015)
  • El Molino High School (Safe School Ambassadors - 8 family group meetings, training instructional materials)
  • Petaluma Junior High School (Safe School Ambassadors)
  • Mattie Washburn School, Windsor (Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit, Staff Training - ongoing program)

Funding

Funding for this program is received from the SCMAAF annual Garden Tour as well as private donations directed to this cause. In cooperation with the Sonoma County Office of Education, we have been able to positively affect thousands of school-aged children throughout the county for more than 10 years.

What is Bullying?

For basic information on what constitutes bullying, please read this article by the American Academy of Pediatrics - Bullying: It's Not OK

Opportunities to get involved

If you are interested in becoming involved with this worthwhile program of the Alliance or would like more information, please contact Safe Schools Program Chair at safeschools@sonic.net


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