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PRESS RELEASE- State Recognizes Importance of Peer Mediation in Local Schools
July 27, 2007

Pittsfield-  Today, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield)and State representative Daniel E. Bosley (D- North Adams) announce that two North Adams schools, Silvio O. Conte Middle School and Drury High School, have been awarded a Student Conflict Resolution Experts (SCORE) grant in the amounts of $6,987 and $10,000 respectively, for Fiscal Year 2008.  The SCORE program is administered by the Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley.

 

“Oftentimes, peer groups can be effective mediators by being living, breathing role-models for good decision-making,” observed Downing.  “These programs empower students and teach our youth the skills necessary for becoming not only effective mediators, but also successful members of society.  I am glad that Attorney General Martha Coakley has chosen Conte Middle School and Drury High School for this auspicious program.”

 

The SCORE program is a student mediated violence prevention program created and funded by the Attorney General’s Office in collaboration with local community mediation programs and school communities.  The SCORE program emphasizes respect for self and others while highlighting productive strategies for resolving conflict and disagreement without the use of violence.  Since 1989, more than 5,000 Massachusetts students have been trained as peer mediators.  These students have mediated over 25,000 conflicts in schools across the Commonwealth with a 97% success rate.

 

Representative Bosley stated, “I am grateful that Conte Middle School and Drury High School have been selected for this program.  Particularly in middle school and throughout adolescence, peer relationships play an important role in shaping their development in society.  With the implementation of a successful program like SCORE, any students seeking mediation can benefit from a more comfortable atmosphere in which to resolve their issues while those serving as mediators can improve their social interaction skills while also positively contributing to their peers and schools.”

 

This year, Attorney General Martha Coakley is offering a training program as well as the program grant.  For additional information on the grant program, please visit: http://www.ago.state.ma.us/index.cfm.

 

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