Allie Stryker 2012-12-11 00:13:23
Entire School District Adopts Lions Quest Bullying. Substance abuse. Dropping out. The challenges facing students today are significant. In Wood County, West Virginia, an entire school district is getting a boost in tackling these challenges. Through a $100,000 NoVo Foundation grant, leveraged with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) funds, Lions Quest is being implemented in 21 schools over three years. Lions Quest, LCIF’s life skills and youth development program from kindergarten through grade 12, unites school, home and community. The program focuses on social and emotional learning, as well as bullying and drug prevention, service-learning and creating a positive school climate. “Wood County Schools is extremely excited to have been chosen by Lions Clubs International to receive a grant that will provide an opportunity for our students to participate in the Lions Quest program,” says Patrick Law, superintendent of Wood County Schools. “A school should be a warm and inviting place where students feel comfortable and free to learn. The Lions Quest grant will allow the Wood County School System to progress toward this goal.” More than 500,000 teachers have been trained in Lions Quest in 75 countries. Teachers in Wood County now can be added to that number. In October, more than 280 teachers received Lions Quest training and 700 more personnel attended a program orientation. This was the largest Lions Quest training event in LCIF’s history, and it will impact more than 12,000 students. The school district in Wood County was chosen after an extensive nationwide search. Implementing Lions Quest will help the school district meet the West Virginia Department of Education standards for student conduct and the development of safe and supportive schools free of drugs, violence and harassment. Additionally, this partnership supports LCIF’s Clinton Global Initiative commitment to expand Lions Quest across one large U.S. school district. It also supports NoVo Foundation’s goal of advancing social and emotional learning programs in schools nationwide. “We are thrilled to partner with LCIF to scale Lions Quest in Wood County Schools. This important project is part of a national movement taking place to foster a system of education that will help our young people become caring, collaborative citizens,” says Jennifer Buffett, president and co-chair of the NoVo Foundation. Tips for Implementing Lions Quest • Network with Schools: Consider introducing Lions Quest to Lions who are teachers, principals and superintendents in your community. Thanks to local Lions, the district administration in Wood County knew about the program for several years; it was being implemented on a smaller scale before this partnership. • Demonstrate Value: Show that Lions Quest can help meet state or national curriculum requirements. Correlation guides can be found at www.lions quest.org. • Expand the Program: If a school is using the program in your district, ask implementers to recommend that school to the district; use the implementing school as a referral for neighboring districts to show the program’s effectiveness. • Collaborate with LCIF: LCIF staff are ready to assist you in your efforts to begin or expand Lions Quest in your community. Contact Lions Quest staff at 1-800-446-2700, info@lions quest.org or visit www.lions-quest.org.
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