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Safety with Strangers and Others

Safety with Strangers and Others Many of us have heard the tragic news out of Springfield of 10 year old Hailey Owens who was abducted while walking near her home. She tried to walk away from the stranger who asked for directions, but got too close to the car when the stranger persisted in talking to her. Hailey was one of the rare cases of this kind of crime and, unfortunately, her story ended tragically.…

Kindness

Make February “Random Acts of Kindness” month Walk into Walmart and “love” is in the air- well, at least in the aisles.  With Valentine’s Day in February we see all kinds of items promoting love and friendship, i.e. valentines cards, special candies, flowers, balloons, and on and on.  Let’s broaden our thinking here a little bit and think about kindness as we head into the month of “love.”  What does kindness mean, what does kindness…

Got Empathy?

This fall the SPIRIT staff has increased their focus on empathy as a bullying prevention strategy in their PeaceBuilder lessons.  You might be thinking “what exactly is empathy?”  Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.   To practice empathy we notice other’s feelings and seek to understand why they might be feeling that way.  We reach out in caring ways to help that person feel better, celebrate, or resolve an issue…

Getting to Know the SPIRIT Staff

Amy Curti – Prevention Coordinator – works directly with students at the Carthage Middle School. Hello!  My name is Amy Curti and I have been with the MO SPIRIT program in Carthage for 8-years.  I have been fortunate to teach and work with students at all grade levels K-12, parents, staff and faculty, and community members in all aspects of prevention education.  I live east of Carthage with my husband of 28 years; our four…

We’ve got SPIRIT!

Welcome to our new SPIRIT blog page.  We hope to provide you with helpful information and insight into the SPIRIT program and tips to help your children grow and be successful in school. The Carthage SPIRIT Program is a prevention education program designed to help our students and schools be drug, alcohol and violence free.   The program is a sponsored partnership between Carthage R-9, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the MO Department of Behavioral Health,…