Article originally appeared on The Topeka Capital-Journal website, on April 7, 2011.
Topeka area schools recognized for Positive Action
Fourteen area schools were recognized Wednesday for their adoption of the Positive Action curriculum, a program aimed at boosting the self-esteem of school-aged children to increase the likelihood of them making good choices.
The Safe Streets Coalition and Topeka City of Character honored the following schools Wednesday during a noon news conference at the Great Overland Station.
Positive Action, an evidence-based program, is linked to lowering rates of substance abuse, bullying and other types of violence by creating a cycle of positive reinforcement within the individual child.
"This particular program focuses more on character development and social skills," said Cindy Patton, executive director of the Topeka City Character program. "It focuses more on how kids look at themselves."
Three agencies-Family Service and Guidance Center, Kansas Children's Service League and the Shawnee County Juvenile Detention Center-also were recognized Wednesday for integrating Positive Action into the programs they provide their clients."