There are about 2.7 million students being bullied each year and about 2.1 million students taking on the roll of the bully. It is reported that 160,000 children miss school every day out of fear of being bullied. 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem in their school and about one of every 10 students drops out or changes schools because of bullying related problems

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.        

Some bullies attack their targets physically, which can mean anything from shoving or tripping to punching or hitting, or even sexual assault. Others use psychological control or verbal insults to put themselves in charge. For example, people in popular groups or cliques often bully people they categorize as different by excluding them or gossiping about them (psychological bullying). They may also taunt or tease their targets (verbal bullying).Verbal bullying can also involve sending cruel instant or email messages or even posting insults about a person on a website — practices that are known as cyber-bullying.

Studies show that people who are abused by their peers are at risk for mental health problems, such as low self-esteem, stress, depression, or anxiety. They may also think about suicide more. Bullies are at risk for problems, too. Bullying is violence, and it often leads to more violent behavior as the bully grows up. It’s estimated that 1 out of 4 elementary-school bullies will have a criminal record by the time they are 30. Some teen bullies end up being rejected by their peers and lose friendships as they grow older. Bullies may also fail in school and not have the career or relationship success that other people enjoy.

Parents, school staff, and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying. They can: 

-Help kids understand bullying. Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Tell kids bullying is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.

-Keep the lines of communication open. Check in with kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand their concerns.

-Encourage kids to do what they love. Special activities, interests, and hobbies can boost confidence, help kids make friends, and protect them from bullying behavior.

-Model how to treat others with kindness and respect.

** Bully is a documentary about students and their families that have faced bullying in some capacity. It follows 5 students through the 2009-2010 school year and shows not only the relentless cruelty these kids are exposed to, but also the responses from their families, school staff, and administrators. Bully gives a real insight into a real problem our society is facing. It is currently playing in select theaters and absolutely worth seeing. For more information on Bully, please visit http://thebullyproject.com.

 Watch the trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/weinstein/bully/


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adDRESS a Need

The 2012 Friends of Advantage adDRESS a Need SALE-Walton County will be hosted by the Monroe Downtown Development Authority at the “Old” City Hall Building located at 227 South Broad Street, Monroe, GA 30655! The schedule is:

Friday, March 23rd – 10:00am to 7:00pm

Saturday, March 24th, – 10:00am to 5:00pm

Throughout the year, we seek donations of NEW and slightly used dresses and sell them at a substantially reduced rate in time for the prom, pageant, and wedding season. Boutiques such as Dressing Dreams, High Maintenance, and I DO I Do Bridal have generously donated dresses, shoes, and accessories for our sale. We also offer scholarships to young women in high school wihtin our 10 county service area who want to attend their prom but have financial difficulties in doing so. The scholarships award each recipient a “Cinderella Makeover” including a dress, hair styling, makeup, nails, etc.

For more information, contact Tammy Dalton @ 706-296-8086. All dress, accessory, or cash donations made to Friends of Advantage are tax deductible. All proceeds from this event go to enhance Advantage Behavioral Health Systems Walton County Clinic, Unlimited Services, and Homeless Day Service Center

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$10 will get you a ticket for a chance!

Las VegasTrip for 2!

includes 3 nights at a luxury hotel and airfare (some restrictions apply)

Drawing will be held at the Annual Tree House Auction

WinderCommunity Center

March 23, 2012


All proceeds benefit The Tree House, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the occurrence and impact of child abuse in Barrow, Banks, andJacksonCounties.


You do not have to be present to win!


Please contact Susan Shadix (sshadix@jackson.k12.ga.us) or The Tree House (770-868-1900) for your ticket.  Tickets are tax deductible. 

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Food Distribution in Commerce

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Darkness to Light Training

The Jackson County Family Connection Collaborative presents Darkness to Light’s Stewards of
Children training on February 23rd at 9:30, a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention program that teaches adults
to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly towards child sexual abuse. The program
believes and teaches that child safety is an adult’s job. The Stewards of Children
training is designed for organizations and individuals that serve children and youth. The
program initiative’s goal is to training 1 Million Georgia adults.
The training is 3 hours and costs $15 per participant.
What are the distinctive features of the Stewards of Children training?
• 3-hour evidence-based, third party evaluated program developed by Darkness to
Light, Inc. (www.d2l.org).
• Integrates the principles of choice, consciousness, and personal power to promote
an understanding of the nature and impact of child sexual abuse, and uses those
principles to provide a context for empowered action.
• Incorporates all of the fundamental mechanics necessary in creating organizational
policies and procedures that keep children safe.
Core Features of the Training:
• A 1.25 hour DVD integrating segments of sexual abuse survivors sharing their
experiences of abuse and healing as well as professionals discussing their knowledge
of child sexual abuse
• An interactive workbook for each participant containing the full curriculum
• Opportunity for discussion about important issues in sexual abuse prevention and
the relevance of these issues within organizations that serve children and adolescents.
Training can be used by:
• Individuals who want to learn about steps to protecting children from sexual abuse.
• Organizations that seek training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child
sexual abuse and/or that need to respond to insurance requirements regarding child
CEUs (2.5 – 3 hours) are provided for:

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“A Night of Hope For Children”

 The Tree House will be having their annual fundraiser Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Winder Community Center. They will be holding a live and silent auction and dinner. The Tree House serves Barrow, Banks, County by reducing the occurrence and impact of child abuse through counseling, educating, supporting, and nurturing children and families. Tickets are $35 each. Please email me at dteply@jackson.k12.ga.us if you would like more information or visit the Tree House website at www.thetreehouseinc.org.


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Registration is now open for Camp Stars. Visiting Nurse/ Hospice Atlanta’s 6th annual three day bereavement camp for families will take place March 16-18, 2012 at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA. The camp is offered free of charge with a small registration fee of $40 per family. Camp Stars is open to any family that has experienced a loss through death before January 2012. Please visit www.vnhs.org for more information.

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SSW’s have Blogs!!!

The School Social Workers in Jackson County Will now be able to communicate  community events and other helpful information

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“Help a Child Smile” will be coming to Maysville Elementary School on Friday, February 3rd. They will be offering education, exams, cleanings, and cavity treatment to children with no Medicaid, PeachCare , or private insurance. For m0re information contact “Help a Child Smile” at 770-760-7900 x 128 or visit www.hcsga.com

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