Schools join anti-bullying program

Several local Catholic schools are saying “no” to bullying.

All Saints School in St. Peters and Sts. Joachim and Ann School in St. Charles became pilot schools for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program during the 2008-2009 school year. This year, four more schools are being trained in the program — Holy Redeemer in Webster Groves, St. Justin the Martyr in Sunset Hills and St. John the Baptist and St. Raphael the Archangel in South St. Louis.

Rae Ann Keilty, principal of All Saints School, explained, “Every school has some bullying issues. But we wanted to take some type of action.” Becoming one of the pilot schools took preparation and effort, but the results have paid off, she said. “This has helped create a real warmth in the atmosphere in our school.”

Deborah Pecher, principal at Sts. Joachim and Ann, said, “The whole effort is to improve our school. Our goal is for the students to enjoy coming to school, to feel accepted here. This should be a place where children love to come.”

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