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Coarsegold Teachers Train For Anti-Bullying Program

COARSEGOLD – Rivergold Elementary School in Coarsegold will be the first Madera Country school to benefit from the much-anticipated radKIDS® Anti-Bullying Program set to start in February.

A rigorous training program for the instructors will take place next week in Madera.“radKIDS® is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to providing realistic choices and options to children and parents concerning their overall safety,” says their website. “Our children can only make choices based on what they know and what they believe. Education and personal empowerment are the keys to success.”

On Monday, Jan. 7, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office will commence a week-long training program for Madera County school professionals focusing on anti-bullying techniques for school-age children. Participants will receive training and curriculum designed specifically to educate Madera County area school children on personal empowerment and safety in the community.

The radKIDS® Personal Empowerment and Safety Education Program is recognized nationally as the most comprehensive program of its kind, addressing violence against children — specifically bullying and on-campus violence, say the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

radKIDS® focuses on resisting aggression with defense, and was originally developed with guidance and assistance from RAD Systems (Rape Assault Defense), designed to help women protect themselves in the event of an assault.

On Monday, Sheriff Anderson will kick off the week-long conference at 8 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Annex, located in Madera on Avenue 14, between Roads 28 and 28 1/2.

Monday and Tuesday the training will concentrate on curriculum. Wednesday and Thursday, the program will focus on simulation training drills, “requiring a fair amount of athletic prowess among our county’s future radKIDS instructors,” says Madera County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Erica Stuart.

Instructor Stephen M. Daley will be teaching the week-long seminar. Four teachers from Coarsegold’s Rivergold Elementary School, who are very committed to this anti-bullying campaign, will volunteer their time to serve as official instructors for Madera County’s radKIDS® Personal Empowerment and Safety Education of 2013.

For more information about radKIDS®, log onto:

DATE: Monday Jan. 7 – Friday Jan. 11.

TIME: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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