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1998 Releases

Local Partnership Awarded $4.6 Million Safe and Drug Free School Program Grant

For immediate release: November 04, 1998

Boston, MA--On October 7, 1998 the Harvard School of Public Health, Division of Public Health Practice, Violence Prevention Programs, in collaboration with the Boston-based Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and the Lesson One Foundation, was awarded a $4.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Safe and Drug Free Schools Program. The grant will fund the development of a unique and innovative elementary school violence prevention curriculum entitled, "Peacemaking Skills for Life (PSL)."

Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Director of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, is enthusiastic about the project. "Effective violence prevention should begin with elementary age children, when they are still developing habits and coping strategies. I am truly elated that the Department of Education has given us the opportunity to develop and implement a comprehensive elementary-based violence prevention program with national implications," says Prothrow-Stith.

The new curriculum will involve direct training of students and school staff in PSL techniques, as well as parent/guardian and community training and information sessions. The curriculum will be developed through the integration of the Lesson One Foundation's Empowering Children to Survive and Succeed (ECSS) program and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute's Peacemaker's ABC (PABC) program. PSL will also provide counselors to support students identified by project staff as in need of additional, individual support services. The PSL curriculum will be implemented in seven Boston area elementary schools over a five year period, reaching approximately 2,100 students in grades K-5.

Jon Oliver, Executive Director of the Lesson One Foundation remarks, "I look forward to the local and national impact this ground-breaking collaborative project can have in helping curb violence by teaching young children peacemaking skills for life." Joseph M. Chery, President of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, also emphasizes the importance of the collaborative nature of the project. "It is exciting to draw from the strength of the three programs to develop a truly comprehensive peacemaking/violence prevention program that will help young children reach their full potential in a safe learning environment."

For further information, please contact:

Robin Herman
Office of Communications
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-432-4752
Email: rherman@hsph.harvard.edu

Joseph Chery, President, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, 617-825-1917
Jon Oliver, Executive Director, The Lesson One Foundation, 617-247-2787