United in Kindness is a collaborative coalition which includes Frederick County Public Schools and several local non-profit organizations around the county and who have an interest in addressing issues of bullying in our schools and neighborhoods. The coalition promotes anti-bullying efforts through public awareness, education, and community forums.
Character Playbook was designed for middle school students as a way to prioritize and deal with bullying, as well as the rapidly increasing suicide rate, a result of that. The program consists of six online modules designed to increase students' understanding of how to address scenarios involving topics such as when and how to intervene in a conflict, selecting appropriate channels for communication, and following steps to make smart decisions.
Named after Rachel Scott, one of the high schoolers murdered in the Columbine shootings, this event challenges students to actively promote kindness and compassion towards others in an effort to stop bullying and increase tolerance.
Parents of middle and high school students, their children, and members of the community participated in a free program promoting kindness and respect. Click here to learn more about the event, or here to read the Frederick News Post's coverage of the event
In addition, students from middle schools across Frederick County participated in Rachel's Challenge at Frederick Community College.
To find out more or to get involved, contact Malcolm Furgol at United Way.
These efforts in Frederick County are aligned with the national initiative to stop bullying in our communities.