MILWAUKEE (4/6/2012) - The Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County has awarded Children's Health Education Center $13,000 to offer Act Now!, an e-learning bullying prevention program, to Waukesha County schools at no cost in 2012 and 2013. This funding will allow CHEC to reach more than 6,000 students with critical bulling prevention education and skill development focused on engaging bystanders. Act Now!, endorsed by the Wisconsin Department of Public instruction, addresses the social climate of schools, including lessons tailored for students and staff that promote understanding, respect, care and empathy. "During the 2010-2011 school year, only a small number of students in Waukesha County used BlueKids programs. This generous gift will allow us to provide opportunities to improve the health of more students throughout the county," said Bridget Clementi, director of Community Health, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
CHEC works to improve the overall health and well-being of children throughout Wisconsin through innovative, e-learning, game-based programs under the trade name BlueKids.org. During the 2010-11 school year, more than 51,000 e-learning students throughout Wisconsin participated in 14 of CHEC's e-learning programs. This includes computer-based learning and face-to-face instruction provided by teachers.
"The growth and expansion of BlueKids.org programs has been due mainly to building strong relationships with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, private and public schools throughout the state, advocates and champions of our programs and philanthropic supporters like the Women and Girls Fund," said Clementi.
About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Health Education Center is part of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States and was named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Children's Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2010, Children's Hospital invested more than $105 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.