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Livestream event aims to build safety, trust among students

Rockford – In this challenging time for students and parents alike, a school/community mental health initiative is offering a program to help create a climate of safety and trust for Rockford students. 

Developing Healthy Kids will feature national education consultant Vern Hazard II in a livestream event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 17. Hazard’s presentation, “Champions of Hope,” offers ways to create social, emotional and academic safety, and build an “intentional culture” through “reframing, gratitude and forgiveness.”

“It is imperative to create environments of safety and trust, both in the classroom and the community, whereby every student, no matter their situation or story, is connected and engaged,” DHK asserts in promoting the event. 

Hazard is senior vice president of solutions at Flippen Group, a Texas-based consulting group that has trained schools nationwide in the Capturing Kids’ Hearts curriculum. A graduate of Olivet College, Hazard is a former teacher and coach who works with superintendents and school administrators throughout the country. 

Families of K-12 students are encouraged to join the livestream event at 6:30 p.m. Monday by going to the district’s website, www.rockfordschools.org. The program is sponsored by the Rockford Education Foundation.

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