Students write learning center on bullying

Luke Brown and Molly Downey, 10th graders and devoted Drug Quiz Show participants, wrote a learning center on bullying for the 2010-2011 Drug Quiz Show.

The Drug Quiz Show is a statewide drug and alcohol prevention and education program that targets youth in grades 5 to 8. In its 25 year history, this is the first time students have taken the initiative to suggest and create a learning center for the program.

Brown and Downey felt as if the Quiz Show's study materials did not contain enough information on social aggression, so they wrote an entire learning center on the topic. Having headed teams that made it to "The Drug Quiz Final Four" two years in a row, Brown and Downey were familiar with the program's curriculum. They spent the past year researching and writing about bullying, cyber bullying and social aggression.

"Teenagers have as much responsibility as adults to combat social aggression and creating a new learning center was one way Molly and I are helping to overcome bullying," Brown said. "I'm glad the Bullying Learning Center we helped create is part of the Drug Quiz program and we hope the Drug Quiz Show will continue to aid young people across the state for years to come."

The material the students created was reviewed by other experts in the bullying-prevention field, including Kathy Miller, from the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES' Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Education Program. The end result of Brown and Downey's hard work is a "how to" manual that teaches students what they need to know about this serious and timely topic in an engaging and age-appropriate way. Although Brown and Downey are too old to participate in the Quiz Show this year, they will serve as peer advisors for Drug Quiz Show teams in addition to serving on the Drug Quiz Show's Teen Advisory Council.

"They have a great ability to lead and encourage their younger peers as they help them prepare for the Regional and State level competitions. Luke and Molly are truly outstanding and I am honored to work with them," said Valerie Stedman, a guidance counselor at Christian Brothers Academy and Brown and Downey's Drug Quiz Show advisor.


To view the Bullying Learning Center, visit http://drugquizshow.org/wp content/uploads/2007/09/2010_Bullying.pdf

To learn more about the Drug Quiz Show, contact Susan Meidenbauer at 315-471-3624 or visit www.drugquizshow.org

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