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Anti-Bullying Curriculum Comes to the Greater Rockford Community

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Nationally Recognized "Operation Respect” Anti-Bullying Curriculum Comes to the Greater Rockford Community

For immediate release – July 28, 2011

Contact: Operation Respect Coordinator Bob Schlehuber, 815-519-1900
Rockford College Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., – Local youth leaders from the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Rockford Park District, and Rockford College along with regional school teachers, churches and community agencies will attend training in anti-bullying curriculum at Rockford College, Burpee Center on Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The training, lead by Operation Respect, is the first of its kind in this region.
It is estimated that 30 percent of US students are involved in moderate or frequent bullying – as bullies or as victims. Operation Respect is a nation-wide movement, currently in over 20,000 US schools, to create a community climate that is free of bullying, ridicule and violence. Operation Respect is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 by Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, to promote the infusion of character education and social and emotional learning principles into school curricula.

To create awareness of Operation Respect, a free community concert will be held in conjunction with the training. The concert will take place Wednesday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. at Davis Park in downtown Rockford. The concert features the dynamic traditional folk performers Kim and Reggie Harris along with local artists.  

Peter Yarrow will be in Rockford to perform at the Coronado Theater on September 26. 2011. The following day, September 27, Yarrow will help students and teachers celebrate International Peace Day at the Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza in Rockford.  

For more information please visit or contact Bob Schlehuber 815-519-1900, if you are interested in attending the August 10 and 11 training sessions. There is still time to enroll.

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