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November 11, 2016
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2016 Infant Mortality Summit
THRIVE - the Canton-Stark County collaborative to reduce infant deaths and disparities in birth outcomes - invites individuals and groups to participate in the Infant Mortality Summit: Aiming for Equity on December 6, 2016 in Cleveland. Free bus transportation is available for Stark County participants. Those interested in the event and/or transportation may contact Cleo A. Lucas at or by calling 330-323-8338.

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Anti-Bullying Program Shows Results

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is the most extensively researched bullying prevention program available today.[1] It is a whole school program that involves students, staff, parents and the community in unified and consistent approaches in preventing bullying. Stark County schools implementing OBPP continue to make strides.

In 2011, the Stark County Educational Service Center and the Stark County parochial schools were awarded funds by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton for OBPP. At the end of year four of the grant, 52 Stark County schools (up from 23 in year one) have adopted the OBPP.[2] In 2015-16 nearly 32,000 students attended schools implementing the program.

Surveys indicate that teachers are committed to implementing OBPP and feel supported by their administrators. Further, most schools in their third and fourth years of implementation are choosing to continue their anti-bullying efforts. 

When comparing Stark OBPP schools in year two with those in year three of implementation, data collected in 2015-16 demonstrate progress:
  • More students in grades 3-8 stated a willingness to stand up for their peers being bullied
  • Students in grades 3-5 reported a decrease in long-term bullying lasting 1 year or more
  • Students in grades 3-8 reported increased empathy 

[2] See the October 2016, Fourth Year Report of the Stark County Olweus Bullying Prevention Program at for a list of OBPP schools in Stark County. 
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The Stark Education Partnership - a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Stark County, Ohio -  is a catalyst, engaging and collaborating with education, business, civic and community stakeholders to drive sustainable improvement and innovation to provide all students with education and career success.  

Questions or comments? Email or call 330-452-0829. Visit our website at
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