St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School receives award for bullying prevention efforts


Principal Danny Kieffer received an award on behalf of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School at the Sept. 8 Twins Game in recognition of the school’s bullying prevention efforts. (photo courtesy of PeaceMaker Minnesota)

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in St. Anthony was one of three schools honored at the Minnesota Twins game on Sept. 8.

It was in recognition of the results the school achieved on the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire — a 40-question survey that helps schools measure bullying and assess their learning environments from students’ perspectives.

St. Charles Borromeo received PeaceMaker Minnesota’s Achieving Excellence Award in recognition of student responses that were better than the national average on 10 out of 10 questionnaire indicators. It was the only school among the 28 that administered the survey to achieve the feat.

“These schools showed that stopping bullying and teaching positive relational skills is possible,” said Dan McNeil, executive director of PeaceMaker.

The awards were presented in front of home plate at Target Field before the 1:10 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians. Additionally, the Twins donated 400 tickets so that people from schools as far away as Moorhead could attend the presentation.

PeaceMaker pays for the student surveys as part of its mission to help schools become safer places, and to help youth learn positive relational skills. The questionnaire provides useful information for measuring a school’s climate and assessing where to make improvements. From the student responses, schools learn about the frequency and kinds of bullying, and how often adults and students intervene.

For more information on PeaceMaker’s efforts, visit www.peacemakermn.org.

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