Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Moving Forward with Gratitude!

So the election is over and based on the outcome, about half of you reading this are probably pleased with the results while the other half are not. Regardless of the outcome, it is time to put the election behind us and focus on the future, and on children.

Since it’s November and many people are sharing what they are thankful for, we thought it was a good time to express our gratitude as well. We are thankful that we have a strong team with a passion for protecting children.  We are thankful for our leaders and board that guide us in our mission, and our donors, sponsors, partners and other supporters who help us fulfill that mission every day. The mission of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children has not changed and we are adding school districts daily that are approving and implementing Speak Up Be Safe™ (SUBS).  We are thankful for the wonderful facilitators who have implemented SUBS and have given us excellent feedback about the program and about their students’ reactions.

We are also thankful that we are touching children’s lives every day in a positive way and protecting them from the many dangers they face in our society today.  We have learned recently from experts in the field at two very prominent national conferences, that our efforts to implement a comprehensive program in the schools to elementary children is right on track. We have learned that SUBS, a program that addresses multiple issues in one curriculum, such as bullying, cyberbullying and all forms of abuse, is now following the recommended approach to child safety and we have been on the right track since we began in 2009. 

And for every reader of our blog, we are thankful for you. We appreciate each and every person who shares the information on our blog and website with other kids, parents and school professionals to help us spread our message of prevention and protection!  We appreciate you all.

As we move into 2013, we look forward to some additions and making SUBS the best it can be. As always, we will strive to keep the program up to date and relevant and look forward to sharing evidence of the program’s effectiveness from research. We hope as you move into 2013, your New Year’s resolutions will include us. We hope you will follow our blog and Facebook page, help us get SUBS implemented in your school district and school if it is not already being offered, and will help us with some great new things on the horizon.  Stay tuned for some tips and ideas from your MBF team as 2013 unfolds!  

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