Bullying program coming to Beacon Falls and Prospect

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The towns of Prospect and Beacon falls have won a grant to foster a community dialogue about bullying.

The grant, a Community Conversations About Education grant, is funded by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. It will be used to help host a “community conversation” on bullying in the 21st century.

The goal is to bring together a diverse group of Prospect and Beacon Falls residents-senior citizens, high school students and teachers, home schoolers, parents, grandparents, recent graduates, employers, local government officials, schools administrators, old timers, newcomers and the faith community.

The large group will break into small discussion groups and, guided by a trained local moderator and recorder, shares ideas, experiences and multiple perspectives.

After the small group has shared ideas for about an hour and a half they will reconvene in a large group to listen to the ideas from each of the small groups.

Several weeks later, participants are invited to reconvene to work on action steps based on the ideas expressed during the conversation. A report summarizing those views is also shared with participants, local governments, school boards, and administrators.

About 100 local residents are expected to take part in the community conversation, which is sponsored by the Region 16 school district.

The event is scheduled for March 24 at Woodland Regional High School, beginning at 5 p.m.