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2013.03.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Students from UNO, Mockingbird Work to Stop Bullying Through Play

Omaha - Students from Mockingbird Elementary and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will address the important issue of bullying on Tuesday, April 2, through games and books that they designed.

As part of the day’s events, students from Mockingbird Elementary will formally present their projects to students from UNO, which will later be donated to the KidsCan! Community Center. Students from both schools have visted often throughout the semester, during which time UNO students informed their 6th grade counterparts about important issues related to bullying and how to reduce it.

The project is part of a semester-long service learning effort coordinated by UNO’s P-16 Initiative. As part of UNO’s Service Learning Academy, the P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between three key groups:

         - UNO students and their teachers
         - Pre school-through-high school students and their teachers
         - Community organizations and their members

Through these service-learning partnerships, P-16 brings the classroom into the community through application of education to find solutions to real-life problems.

Tuesday’s project brings together sixth-grade students from Kelly Carver’s class at Mockingbird Elementary with students from Juan Casas’ Peer Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence course at UNO. Casas is an associate professor from UNO’s Department of Psychology.

The games and books are designed to provide positive peer dialogue opportunities in a way that speaks to the age group most vulnerable to bullying.

The event is not open to the public, but media are encouraged to attend.

For questions, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

The P-16 Initiative works in partnership with Building Bright Futures in an effort to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility and ensure all students are prepared for post-secondary education.

The UNO Service Learning Academy facilitates collaborative partnerships between the university and the metropolitan community for the purpose of enhancing student learning; advancing community service and initiatives; and fostering engaged citizenship.

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