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Dare to Care

posted Nov 21, 2019, 4:22 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Nov 21, 2019, 4:24 PM ]
Dare to Care
The Halton District School Board is part of an exciting pilot project kicking off this November. Ten schools within the district were selected to take part in the national award winning program, Dare to Care. Dare to Care is a Bully Prevention and Life Skills program for K-8. Our school is happy to announce that we are one of the 10 schools taking part in this pilot and our school community will receive grade appropriate student workshops, a parent session, and professional development for staff. 

Bullying behavior is not always easy for adults or children to recognize or define. A fight between friends or siblings, or rough play between children with equal power is conflict, not bullying. Bullying is when a person or group of people repeatedly and intentionally use their power to hurt, embarrass, threaten or exclude another person. Participants in the 2.5 hour Parent Information Night will learn about the scope of the problem and the correlation between bullying, mental illness, and criminal activity. As well, participants will be provided with tips and guidelines to help their children navigate both real world situations and the potentially dangerous digital world. To conclude the evening, parents will be provided with a tool belt of skills to help their children in both conflict and bullying situations. It is strongly recommended that all parents attend. The Dare to Care program is the recipient of the coveted Imagine Canada award and was recently awarded the Government of Alberta Inspiration Award for Leadership in Bully Prevention. 

The founder of the program, Lisa Dixon-Wells, will be working with our school community and presenting this informative parent session, Bully Proofing Your Child on Thursday, November 28th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in our school gym.