Sharon Parker of the Crisis Center for South Suburbia discusses signs that indicate an abusive relationship during the P.E.A.C.E. Summit at Forest Trail Middle School. | Supplied Photo
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:04AM
Forest Trail Middle School in Park Forest recently held its third annual Promoting Education and Accountability for a Calm Environment (P.E.A.C.E) Summit.
The program, which school officials said is designed to teach students they can be instrumental in putting an end to bullying and enhancing the community and school environments, welcomed presenters from a variety of community resources to share their expertise with the school’s seventh- and eighth-grade students.
In sessions that were presented during a recent school day morning, presenters provided students with information about social responsibility, cyber safety, improving self-esteem, nurturing healthy peer relationships and developing community awareness.
Speakers included representatives from LaRabida Children’s Hospital, Scariano, Himes and Petrarca law firm; Loyola University, National Run Away Prevention, South Suburban Council on Drugs and Alcohol; the Park Forest Police Department, Restorative Justice, the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, the Cook County Police Department and Rich East High School.
“The common theme of the P.E.A.C.E. Summit is to encourage children to build inner strength to choose positive methods of problem-solving,” school social worker Joan Crusor said. “We know that society often gives children a blurred view of the difference between being kind and being mean.”