The Olean City School District Foundation has announced it will provide nearly $5,000 for an anti-bullying campaign in the district this year.
The foundation approved a grant from staff members at Washington West Elementary, who requested funding to launch a comprehensive program aimed at addressing the issue of bullying at an early age. The campaign will involve both elementary schools in the district – Washington West and Eastview – as well as the Intermediate Middle School.
“Our foundation is more than pleased to be able to assist our teachers and staff members in their efforts to end bullying within the district,” said Adam Bennett, president of the foundation. “We certainly understand that bullying is a major problem in schools throughout the country, and our hope is that this campaign will allow Olean students to better understand the impact of this issue at an early age.”
Through the grant, staff members will coordinate various assemblies featuring guest speakers – both local and national – who specialize in providing an anti-bullying message tailored for young students.
“We are thrilled about the foundation’s support of this grant,” said Lori Lewicki, a second grade teacher at Washington West in charge of coordinating the campaign. “This campaign is a fantastic opportunity to reach out to our students and remind them that bullying will not be tolerated in our district. It is crucial that our students feel safe at school and their parents know measures are being taken to ensure that safety.”