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OCCJ continues expansion

OCCJ continues expansion

This month, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice is set to present the Middletown Institute to Moore Junior High and Moore High School. This initiative continues OCCJ’s push to provide educational programs and resources statewide.

This program provides students with the tools and basic skills to reduce incidents of racism and bullying in their schools. Students will learn, through activities that bring them together in a safe environment, the effects of bullying on their own emotions and the emotions of their peers. Students and faculty will receive pre- and post-tests to evaluate the immediate effectiveness of the program.

Respect Diversity, OCCJ’s Different and the Same partner assisted in the initial expansion. Noel Jacobs has partnered with OCCJ for the Middletown expansion.

In 2014, 535 students participated in the Middletown Institute. These students not only learned about others, but they learned about themselves. Students learned the root cause of bullying and how to prevent it before it happens. Students who have gone through Middletown know how to be an Upstander, not only in their schools but in their communities.

The Middletown program is set for March 10-11 in Moore. Middletown is the second OCCJ program in the Oklahoma City area, after OCCJ implemented the Different and the Same program last year.

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