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Springfield Middle School to kick off program on bullying

April 14, 2010
  • Anna Lofton, left, school counselor at Springfield Middle School, and Allison Zeger, senior graphic designer at Graphic Response, unveil the new "N.B.A. Zone" logo.
Submitted photo,

WILLIAMSPORT - Springfield Middle School, along with all Washington County middle schools, is preparing to implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

The program, set to be in place by the fall, is designed to make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop.

The program includes common goals for achievement: strive to reduce existing bullying problems, prevent new problems and achieve better peer relations at school.

Intricate components of this research-based program include school, individual, classroom and community levels.

In October 2009, a bullying survey was given to all students, and Springfield Middle School will integrate the results of the survey into the program, making it specific to their school needs.

Springfield Middle School students voted to name their program the "N.B.A. Zone" (No Bullying Allowed).

In early April, all faculty and staff at the school were trained on how to implement the program. A kickoff of the N.B.A. Zone to students, parents and community will occur in the fall.

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Graphic Response, a marketing and graphic design firm in Williamsport, designed and donated the program logo. The school welcomes this type of support from all community members, organizations and businesses.

For more information, call Anna Lofton, school counselor, at 301-766-8395.

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