Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Peer Mediation @ Woodbury

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

On Tuesday, October 28th, twenty-six students in grades 4-7 were trained as peer mediators. Students from each of our elementary schools and the junior high school participated in this year’s training. The final selections were made by the teachers and counselors, and training was held at RiverWinds in West Deptford, NJ.

During training, 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 the students were provided time to practice the process through role-playing activities. After a full day, the students returned back to their respective schools eager to be a part of this character education program.

A group of students who were trained last year and who attended a refresher course this year also submitted Peer Mediation t-shirt designs. The designs were then voted on by this year’s peer mediator group. Congratulations to the design winners, 6th grader Megan Rogers and 7th grader Emily Repas. Each peer mediator will receive a t-shirt.

Parents or students who would like additional information about the program are encouraged to contact any of the school counselors.

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