May 11, 2017

Reach Society Awarded United Against Bullying Grant

(May 11, 2017) Teresa Lynne and Mike Bismeyer from SEON, Safe Fleet, visited Reach Child and Youth Development Society with a $1000 grant from their United Against Bullying initiative (UAB). A total of $50,000 was distributed to organizations in North America this year from UAB, the national social campaign of Safe Fleet, provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, and its subsidiaries.

Mike recounted how he and two others spearheaded the Anti-Bullying Campaign at SEON in 2013 after Amanda Todd’s cyber-bullying induced suicide. The Safe Fleet family of companies UAB program envisions safe and respectful environments for children and adults.

“Our United Against Bullying initiative is truly allowing us to make a difference and network with community heroes like the Reach Child and Youth Development Society,” said Mike Bismeyer, Seon Manager. “Their efforts to educate with inclusiveness and compassion are a perfect match with our belief that ‘Kindness is Cool’.”

The UAB funds will help Reach Child and Youth Development Society complete the playground at their new children’s development centre currently under construction in Ladner. The nature themed playground encourages imaginative play and will reduce discrimination as typically developing children and children with needs play and learn from each other in an inclusive environment.

The new Reach Centre in the heart of Ladner will allow more children to benefit from Reach programs as well as being a part of the community instead of apart from it. Once complete, the new three-story Reach Centre will serve as place of learning and belonging for children with special needs and their families. It will provide therapy and counseling rooms, youth program areas, specialized lending libraries, an inclusive pre-school with accessible playground, and expanded event space for municipal, business and community use.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Alison Martin, Marketing Coordinator, Reach Child and Youth Development Society   
604-946-6622 ext337  
alisonm@reachchild.org


April 24, 2017

Winners of $50,000 in Anti-Bullying Grants Announced

BELTON, MO (April 24, 2017) – The 2017 United Against Bullying (UAB) Grant Program closed on Friday, March 31st. The annual Grant received a total of 121 applications, up 23% from last year. A total of 35 school districts and community organizations have been selected to receive grant funding this year with awards ranging from $100 to $3500 each.

“The sheer volume as well as the quality of the proposals made the selection of winners a difficult task,” said Bob Parks, Safe Fleet’s VP of Human Resources, and UAB Executive Sponsor. “We hope this funding will help kick-start new programs to end bullying and help those organizations already doing great work to grow their initiatives.”

The UAB Program is the social campaign of Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles. UAB Coordinators and teams from divisions of Safe Fleet in Canada and the US were active in outreach for the Grant Program.  

“We are encouraged by the in-depth planning and programming proposed by grant applicants,” says John R. Knox, President and CEO of Safe Fleet. “It is a testament to the commitment of educators and administrators to help youth navigate the potential dangers of bullying, and empower them to succeed at school and in their communities.”

Grant winners’ proposals included strategies to understand what bullying is and how to handle it from the point of view of the bully, the bullied, or the bystander; programs that teach SEL skills (social and emotional learning); school-wide awareness events; art and poetry contests; and transportation departments requesting school bus equipment and training on bullying for bus drivers. The proposals were diverse and well-written with the safety and well-being of students as the clear priority.

2017 United Against Bullying Grant Winners

Banning Unified SD, California
Barren County SD 21, Kentucky
Beekman Charter School, Louisiana
Benjamin Cosor Elementary School, Fallsburg Central SD, New York
Blenheim Bus Lines, Ontario
Cahokia Unit SD 187, Illinois
Carlinville Community Unit School District #1, Illinois
Chadwick R-1 SD, Missouri
Charlotte Mecklenburg County SD, North Carolina
Cottage Grove Middle School, South Washington County Schools, Minnesota
Fordland R-III SD, Missouri
Green Forest SD, Arkansas
Helen Keller Junior High School, Schaumburg SD 54, Illinois
High Mount SD 116, Illinois
Highland Central SD, New York
International Bullying Prevention Association, Michigan
Midway R-1 SD, Missouri
Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School, Minnesota
PeaceMaker Minnesota, Minnesota
Rachel's Challenge, Colorado
Reach Child and Youth Development Society, British Columbia
Sit With Us, Inc., California
Smithtown High School East, Smithtown Central SD, New York
St. Louis Public SD, Missouri
Stand Strong USA Inc., DBA Be Strong, Florida
Stevens Point Area SD, Wisconsin
Tackan Elementary School, Smithtown Central SD, New York
Tarkio R-I SD, Missouri
Uvalde Consolidated Independent SD, Texas
Vallo Transportation Ltd., New York
Washington Middle School, SD of Washington, Missouri
Wayne County SD, North Carolina
Worthington City Schools, Ohio
Wynford Elementary School, Wynford Local Schools, Ohio
Zadok Casey Middle School, Illinois

Awards and certificates will be mailed in May. Congratulations and thank you to all of the winners and to everyone who has conversations with young people on kindness and bullying.

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world.  These brands serve several major markets including: Bus, Rail and RV, Truck and Trailer, Work Truck, Emergency, Waste, and Industrial and Military.  With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and our portfolio of brands please visit www.safefleet.net.

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For more information about this release please contact:

Teresa Lynne
United Against Bullying Program Coordinator
teresa.lynne@seon.com
1.877.630.7366


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