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Hudson Valley News Network, Posted April 28, 2015

“Bullying can have harmful effects on children who engage in bullying behaviors, on bystanders, school climate and on society at large.  But because bullying affects an entire community, it takes a community to deal with it.” – Jody Miller, Executive Director;  The Mediation Center of Dutchess County Video


Anti-bullying Walk raises $12,000

Dutchess Mediation Center hosts event on Walkway

More than 300 people from throughout the Hudson Valley spoke out against bullying Saturday on the Walkway Over the Hudson. The fourth annual Anti-bullying Walkathon, hosted by the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, raised more than $12,000 for the agency’s anti-bullying programs.

“We get (reports about bullying incidents) every month from school officials, from young people and their parents,” said Jody Miller, executive director of the Mediation Center. “Bullying is preventable, but it takes the whole community. Holding this



Dutchess County Helpline Staff Receive Elder Abuse Training

Staff from the Dutchess County Dept. of Mental Hygiene received training on the signs of elder abuse as part of a new initiative to let people know that help is available. The training included presentations from Kathy Sheehan, Coordinator, the Mediation Center’s Coalition on Elder Abuse, Pat Sheldon, Dutchess County Protective Services for Adults, Leah Feldman, Domestic Violence Services of Dutchess County, and Kathy Peluso, Crime Victims Services of Family Services. Kathy discussed



First Greater Fishkill Preservation and Conservation Roundtable Held

More than 30 people representing 20 organizations in the Fishkill area attended the first Greater Fishkill Preservation and Conservation Roundtable to explore their common interests and potential for collaboration. Facilitated by Jody Miller and Susan Grove over two sessions in Nov. 7, the Roundtable was organized by Lance Ashworth, president, Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot. The first session focused on learning about the mission of each group, what they had to offer others and what they needed from others. Themes that emerged included advocacy to develop a Heritage Committee and to locate funding, coordinating collective efforts



Myers Corners Elementary School Coordinating Committee Receive Bullying Prevention Training

Myers Corners Elementary School has begun their commitment to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program by training their coordinating committee. Honey Minkowitz, Bullying Prevention Coordinator and Olweus trainer, conducted the two day training for the committee in October and November. The Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee (BPCC), with Honey, will train the entire school staff and plan to implement the program in September, 2015. Implementing the program includes a community kickoff event and holding weekly classroom meetings with students, along with the use of consistent bullying rules throughout the school. The goals of the Olweus program are to reduce existing bullying problems among students, prevent the development of new bullying problems, and to achieve better peer relationships among students. Students at Myers Corners will take a survey prior to the program’s implementation