Riverbend School has been selected to participate in CHARACTERplus Way, a school level program designed to prevent bullying of students by other students.

The program offers up to $6,900 in support to deliver training to staff and students to reduce incidence of abuse, and improve the school’s caring climate.

Among benefits of the program is a two-day team leadership training session scheduled for June 13-14 for the Riverbend School principal, counselor, two teachers and two parent leaders.

A one-day bullying workshop June 17 also is includes in the program.

In addition to the formal training sessions, the school leadership team will attend up to three half-day networking sessions during the school year where they will collaborate and share best practices.

The Meramec Valley School Board approved a memorandum of understanding at its May 15 meeting for Riverbend to participate in the bullying prevention program.

By signing the memorandum, the district agrees to promote and publicize the program, allow time and provide meeting space for training sessions.

CHARACTERplus is a project of Cooperating School Districts that works to advance the cause of character education and sustain its impact on the lives of educators and students.

Started in 1988 by a concerned group of educators, parents and business leaders who decided that something had to be done about the deterioration of basic values, CHARACTERplus now reaches more than 600 schools in over 100 districts, 25,000 teachers and more than 300,000 students throughout Missouri and Illinois.