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Area teens take part in anti-bullying program

Teens from Andes Central, Burke and Winner were among the students selected to take part in the recent Teens as Teachers — Take A Stand training to South Dakota schools and communities.

These trained teens reached 290 elementary and middle school youth with Take A Stand lessons. In July, the TAT program was selected as this year’s winner of the South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education Award of Merit.

The Take A Stand program is an enrichment program focusing on conflict management and bullying. Lesson topics included: communication, teamwork, etiquette, social skills, empathy and cultural awareness. Students received handouts, resources and certificates of completion. In the South Dakota schools, curriculum for grades 3-5 and 6-8 were used.

The program is sponsored by South Dakota State University Extension/4-H Youth Development, South Dakota Coordinated School Health and S.D. 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.