To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth  learn positive relation skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.


2018 PeaceMaker Partner School Winners


Four Schools Honored For Bullying Prevention Results

Four PeaceMaker Minnesota schools were honored before the start of the Twins/Kansas City Royals game at Target Field on Sunday, September 9 for their achievements in the prevention and reduction of bullying.  The awards were based on results of the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ), a 40-question survey that helps schools measure bullying and assess the learning environment from the students’ perspectives. 

Little Mountain Elementary School in Monticello received the Change Maker Award for achieving the largest reduction in the number of students reporting to be bullied. Eighteen fewer students reported being bullied last spring compared to the spring of 2017.  Kathy Hammill, Dean of Students at Little Mountain School accepted the award.

Two Minnetonka schools, Scenic Heights Elementary School, and Groveland Elementary School received the Achieving Excellence Award for scoring higher on 9 out of 10 indicators on the OBQ compared to national benchmarks.  Joe Wacker, principal of Scenic Heights Elementary and Dave Parker, principal at Groveland Elementary at the time of the achievement, accepted the awards on behalf of their schools.

Little Mountain Elementary School, Groveland Elementary School and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in St. Anthony achieved PeaceMaker Minnesota’s Commitment to Excellence Award. During the last school year, these three schools improved on 8 out of 10 bullying prevention indicators in the OBQ compared to the year before. The awards were accepted on behalf of their respective schools by Brooke Parvi, a teacher at Little Mountain Elementary School, Anelise Peterson, Assistant Principal at Groveland Elementary School and Danny Kieffer, Principal at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School.

The awards were presented by Dan McNeil, Executive Director of PeaceMaker Minnesota, and Mary Stadick a PeaceMaker board member.  McNeil commented, “Our strategy is to help schools use the best practices in youth violence prevention. We want schools to improve their OBQ results each year and to do better than national averages.  When kids feel safe and connected to one another– they are less likely to be victims or perpetrators of violence.  They are more likely to do better at school, and, we hope, to lead more peaceful lives as adults.”

These awards highlight the achievements and important work of all PeaceMaker Minnesota schools and the donors who have provided more than $1,000,000 in financial assistance to more than 150 schools throughout Minnesota since the organization’s founding in 1998.

Achievements by schools participating in Peacemaker Minnesota programs last year include the following:

  • 14 out of 19 schools (74%) stayed the same or improved their results compared to the previous year on at least half of the student survey questions compared to 8 out of 22 schools (36%) in 2017.  16 out of 23 schools (70%) did better than national comparisons on at least half of the student survey questions compared to 14 out of 24 schools (58%) in 2017.
  •  Students at 4 schools in the PeaceMaker network reported an increase in bullying, one school saw no change, and students at 14 schools reported decreased bullying.  Combining the results for all 19 schools, the network reduced the net number of students reporting to be bullied by 54 youth.


Congratulations to Groveland Elementary School, Little Mountain Elementary School, Scenic Heights Elementary School, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and all the schools, donors, and volunteers for their ongoing work in bringing peace to schools and the lives of students!

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