Holocaust Memorial Center gets $10,000 for Anti-Bullying Initiative
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Tags: anti-bullying, Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center, Lawson Lamar, State Attorney
The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida recently received a special grant through the State Attorney’s office to support its UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying initiative. The $10,000 contribution will help expand the project, which has already been active in 17 schools in Orange and Osceola Schools. The funding was approved in July by Lawson Lamar, State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District.
According to the Holocaust Center’s Executive Director, Pam Kancher, the donation recognizes the impact of bullying on the entire community. “School bullies are more likely to be involved in the court system as adults,” she said. “Our goal of improving the social climate of schools will go far in making our communities safer and more welcoming to all.”
The UpStanders initiative, launched by the Holocaust Center three years ago, uses the example of Holocaust-era rescuers as role models for student intervention.
“We tell students that during the Holocaust thousands of lives were saved when bystanders became ‘upstanders’, standing up to protect others from danger,” Kancher said. “The UpStander project helps them become more aware of what they can do to safely intervene. We’re very pleased with our success so far, and will continue to seek other funding sources to help us expand the program.”