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Program aims to make peace on the bus

"We talked about ways " if your bus isn't already a peaceful bus " to make your bus a peaceful bus, and just different problem-solving activities," said Tedisco.

In addition to being able to interact with other students, Tedisco said, an important element of the program for the students was being able to see the bus drivers interact with the teachers.

"The kids were really excited to see their bus drivers there," she said. "It helps build the respect, too, for the bus drivers."

Tedisco said one unique thing about the Peaceful Bus Program versus other anti-bullying programs is that it gives students the opportunity to step away from the element in which the bullying is occurring and really get a chance to examine what is going on.

"It brings them into a school, making the bus an extension of the school, and we got to work together to help make the bus the best place for the kids."

According to Board of Education Vice President Brian Casey, implementing the Peaceful Bus Program, along with the Olweus program and other initiatives used by the district to prevent bullying, means the district has a better shot at bully prevention.

"If you take whatever your problem or concern is and you put that in the middle of a bull's-eye and you shoot enough arrows at the bull's-eye, sooner or later you're going to hit it," Casey said. "And if you shoot it enough times, your problem is going to diminish."

Casey said the entire school board supports anything that would make the student's ride a safer and more peaceful one.

The school is planning to have two or three more workshops this year for the Peaceful Bus Program, according to Tedisco. The next will most likely occur in January or February, she said.

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