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    March 7, 2023

    Creston schools to add student safety resources

    This article was originally featured here.  

    Cheyenne Roche, The Creston News Advertiser, Iowa 

    The Creston Community School District utilized Rachel's Challenge last month as a way to educate students, staff and community members on anti-bullying and kindness, but they haven't stopped there.

    As a part of their ongoing campaign for student safety, Creston Middle School Principal Lesa Downing presented her plan to the school board on Feb. 20.

    "We talked about the difference in the percentage of students who think they're not at risk versus the percentage of students teachers think are not at risk," she explained. "We need to do a better job of just thinking about and looking at mental health signs for a kid that might not feel safe."

    Before Downing took over, only 17% of middle school students said they always feel emotionally safe at the school. That number jumped to 60% in their December survey, but Downing said they are shooting for 85%.

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