Monday, March 03, 2008

Students Helping Students Resolve Conflict

(This entry was provided by Mr. Murphy, Director of Pupil Personnel Services)

On Thursday, February 21st, thirty-four students in grades 4-6 were trained as peer mediators. The students were from each of our elementary schools and the junior high school annex; interested students applied to participate. The final selections were made by the teachers and counselors, and the training was held at the West End Memorial Elementary School.

Students learned the fine art of listening and the process involved in helping their peers resolve conflict. The day was filled with hands-on activities, and students were given the chance to practice the process through role playing activities. After a full day, with no time for recess, the students were bused back to their respective schools full of enthusiasm and eager to help their classmates. In the coming weeks students will be sharing their knowledge of peer mediation with teachers, students and administrators and will be looking to serve their schools.

Parents or students who would like more information on the program are encouraged to call the respective school counselor.

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