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Many of these young women are not strangers to abuse

Friday, July 25th, 2008

“Working with teen moms was fun. They learned about what makes a healthy relationship, took the pledge from themselves and their children, then hung their hands and the birth certificates up in the school hall. Many of these young women are not strangers to abuse and have come to our office for assistance later…….thanks for the great project.”
– Patricia Gerdau, Program Director
– South Central Oregon Domestic Violence Coalition
– La Pine, Oregon

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A young child took the purple hands home to show their parents.

Friday, July 25th, 2008

A young child took the purple hands home to show their parents. The next day the parents came in and asked about the project and soon the entire family had taken the pledge.”
– Reports a Parent

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I had a boy in my office who had been hurting himself in various ways

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I had a boy in my office who had been hurting himself in various ways and also had problems with hitting and pushing other students. I asked him about his HANDS Pledge and if he remembered doing it with his class. He said `No. I was not at school that day.’ Well, we sat right down and took the Pledge together. He took his HAND to his classroom and placed it with the students HANDS. His second HAND and mine are posted on my office wall. He was so pleased and he has not had any problems since taking the Pledge.”
– Kathy Bebe, Principal

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The concept, HANDS [& WORDS] ARE NOT FOR HURTING is fantastic!!”

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I did the HANDS [& WORDS] Project with my students and only one time since then did we have a problem with hitting. It was quite common before we implemented the Project. The concept, HANDS [& WORDS] ARE NOT FOR HURTING is fantastic!!”
– Judy Schomburg, 1st Grade

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The children seem more relaxed and polite

Friday, July 25th, 2008

A school nurse that has worked at our school for several years made an interesting observation. `What has happened here?’ When asked what she meant by that question, the nurse replied, `The children seem more relaxed and polite. What are you doing differently here?’ When told about the HANDS [& WORDS] Project, she pointed out that the change in the students’ behavior occurred at the same time the Hands [& WORDS] Project started being implemented in the school.”
– Visiting School Nurse

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