not our town 300PADUCAH, Ky. (8/23/13) – Since the announcement and introduction of the members of the Mayor’s Anti-Bullying Task Force on July 1, the Task Force has had two meetings to start working on a plan of action in moving forward.
At a recent Task Force meeting, the group held a conference call with Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas, Director of Not in Our School (NIOS). Dr. Cohn-Vargas has spent more than 35 years in public education. She initiated NIOS in 2003, a program to combat bullying, harassment, homophobia, and racism. She has worked with more than 150 schools and colleges across the United States to develop bullying prevention curriculums. Dr. Cohn-Vargas was able to give the Task Force information about national programs that are in place and guidance on how to be most effective.
Mayor Gayle Kaler says, “We want people to understand the message that only by promoting an awareness of the importance of a compassionate and inclusive community can we make progress in how we view people and how we, in turn, treat people.
Dr. Cohn-Vargas advised the Task Force to first start by selecting one or two projects or awareness events in addition to working with the local schools to find out what programs are in place and how the Task Force can be of service. She also reminded the group that October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The Task Force now is now working on its mission statement which is based on what they hope to accomplish in five years.
Mayor Kaler also says she has received a $1000 donation from a local citizen, Cindy Tilford. The funds will be placed in an account with the Community Foundation of West Kentucky and will be used for anti-bullying awareness projects.
For more information about NIOS, visit For more information about the Mayor’s Anti-Bullying Task Force including the list of members, visit
SurfKY News
Information provided by Pam Spencer

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

MCCH Wellness Works to Offer Free Screenings in May

MURRAY, KY. (4/25/15) — Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Wellness Works program will be offering free community health… Read More

18th Annual Jeep Jamboree Returns to Turkey Bay

KENTUCKY (4/25/15) — Jeep owners will soon travel to Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area at Land Between The Lakes for… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 23, 2015 7690

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 20, 2015 4970

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4284

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 22, 2015 4030

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
April 22, 2015 3951

Madisonville Man Accused of Domestic Violence/Rape

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 12552

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8868

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 26, 2015 884

New Drug Helps Farmer with Parkinson's Return to…

by Laura Dawahare
April 26, 2015 470

College of Education Alum's Studies, Experience…

by Amanda Nelson
April 26, 2015 462

White Plains Civil War Festival Provides Learning…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 436

Legislator's Log - Week of April 26, 2015

by Brent Yonts
April 26, 2015 419

Dave Says - April 26, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
April 26, 2015 403

Mother's Day Buffet Planned at State Parks May 10

by Gil Lawson
April 26, 2015 399

Outdoor Truths - April 26, 2015

by Gary Miller
April 26, 2015 363

Spring Lawn, Garden Fair Participants Learn from…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 306

Mustangs lose to Ohio County via shutout

by Steve LeMaster
April 26, 2015 268

Dawson Springs Mule, Draft Horse Days Come to a…

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News