One Voice of Peace
2012 – 2013 Kids Create Peace (KCP)

Success Summary:  ASES/YMCA (After School Education and Safety) Program
For 4th & 5th grades in three elementary schools in the PSUSD

It was a year in which KCP had great impact – even though we lost one school in December, when they switched to a robotics program.  In April, due to funding cuts, we had to complete our program in the other schools six weeks earlier than expected — much to the chagrin of the kids, their parents and teachers — and of course of our KCP staff.

Success of Program

The success of our program can be seen in the overall reduction of bullying in the lives of the students we worked with, and in visible improvements in their classroom attitude, social skills and academics.

After gaining the students’ trust, we conducted a beginning survey to determine the amount of bullying each student was experiencing, in various ways.  At the program’s beginning, the overall percentage of bullying experienced by the students in our program (various forms of bullying and being bullied) was 79%.  After our ending survey, the students experiencing bullying dropped to 39% – a reduction of 40%.  (See below).   

Below are percentages of reductions per school.

Several of the students shared that their relationship and involvement w/ their family members has improved due to the tools they learned in our program.  Some parent testimonials are currently being arranged.

Parental involvement was less than preferred, as access to them proved limited.  Even so, several students shared that their relationship and involvement w/ their family members has improved due to the tools they learned in our program.  Parent testimonials are currently being arranged.

1.     Reductions in Bullying

Beginning surveys of students in three schools, in 4th and 5th grades, showed percentages of students being seriously bullied, or bullying others, daily.  The ending survey demonstrates the changes in this behavior and experience.

School                                         Beginning %               Ending %                    % reduction

Katherine Finchy Elementary
Grade 4                                              56%                           16.5%                             40% drop
Grade 5                                              37%                              25%                             12% drop

Vista del Monte Elementary
Grade 4                                              68%                              57%                             11% drop
Grade 5                                              94%                              86%                               8% drop

Edward Wenzlaff Elementary
Grade 4                                              80%                             33%                              47% drop
Grade 5                                            100%                             20%                              80% drop

Summary:   totals of 3 schools, 2 grades each
Beginning                   79% bullying rate
Final                             39% bullying rate

Overall, this reflects a drop of 40% in these schools and grades, with KCP participants

2.  Teacher Survey: “Compared with our other students , KCP students have improved significantly :

………………………………………………Yes                  Somewhat                  Not much

In-class behavior                                50%                      50%                           00%

Teacher Respect                                 75%                       25%                          00%

Homework and academics              62.5%                   37.5%                       00%

3. Sampling of Student Comments on their KCP experience (with child and school initials)

“They help me be a better person.” (JH@KF) ª “KCP helps me a lot because it helps me express my feelings.” (RG@KF) ª  “The KCP program helped me like myself better.”(MA@KF)
ª “It helps me solve problems I never knew I had.” (GR@KF) ª “It feels better that I share my feelings.“ (ER@VdM)
ª “It is the best thing ever.” (AC@EW)  ª “KCP has changed my life.” (UG@VdM)
ª “Thank you for helping me.  I love you.” (MJ@VdM) ª “KCP program is cool, and it shows me not to bully.” (AF@EW)

ª “It’s helped me with personal problems.” (MM@EW)  ª “I love this program!” (JC@EW)
ª “It helps me express my feelings! J”(MG@VdM) ª “It helps a lot.” (JN@KF) ª “I think it is great and beautiful.  Thank you, Ms. Melly, Isaiah (best fwiend) and Elena (kind fwiend) ! J” (CM@KF)
ª “We can speak up about bullying and try to stop bullying with other kids.”(KW@EW)
ª “We can do a KCP program at our school.  Because a lot of kids are getting bullied!” ((VG@EW)


4 . Sampling of Teachers’ Comments on KCP

Scott Powell – 5th grade teacher at Vista del Monte:  “ What I see is kids who are going through your program tend to be able to identify their feelings better, and are able to communicate when they are upset or angry.  They’re able to put that into words, rather than reaction.  “On a scale of 1 to 10 – 10 being radical and consistent bullying – among students *not* in KCP, I would rate their level of bullying at about 5 on that scale. “As far disruptions in the class with those *not* in KCP, I would say it’s at a level of 30%.  “Regarding the effect that KCP kids have had on classroom culture:  last year, we had a lot of drama in the classroom.  And we had a class meeting about the gossip and a girl who was in your program started talking about “empathy”.  I know that *I* had not talked about empathy to my students.  And from this girl’s knowledge about empathy, and what that meant, we were able to have some great discussions, and we were really able to resolve issues — identifying the problem, and identifying solutions.  So that was really helpful.  Even though this took time away from “academics”, it was in the long run helpful – because we were then able to focus on academics.  And the gossip was diminished.  “If I had a 5-minute DVD of your (KCP) strategies and ways to communicate to the kids, it would be something that I could implement easily, during transition points between subject matter.  I would find that helpful.  Topics covered in the DVD could be gossip, bullying, etc.  “Having programs like yours around really helps the kids to focus on the academics.”

Norman McKee – 5th grade teacher in language arts, at Edward Wenzlaff:  “One of the things I’ve noticed regarding my students who’re in KCP is their willingness to work with others, and their disposition in *how* they work with others.  They bring a positive and cooperative mind-set to the group process.   What I’m seeing right now is improvement across-the-board in attitude, homework, and activities in class.  In fact, one of your KCP kids received “student of the month” award.  And that student has been striving to do well socially and academically — all aspects of the arena — here in school.

“Regarding bullying, when my students first came to me, I would say more than seven, on a scale of 1 to 10 — 10 being most serious.  And with the assistance of the KCP program, I’d say the amount of bullying is down to about a 3Improvement has been across-the-board, with the exception of a few (laughs) that I *wish* were in your program!

“I would be happy to implement KCP strategies to improve classroom management and academic proficiency.  I would like to participate in KCP instructional sessions for teachers when you are able to offer them.”

Shirley Morales – ASES Lead Supervisor, at Edward Wenzlaff:  “Ever since KCP has come to our site, we have seen an improvement in our students.  The bullying is a lot less.  We had some kids at the beginning who were very disrespectful, and now they’re more considerate to each other and to staff.  I think the main changes I’ve seen is with the biggest problem:  of bullying.  And the bullying is a lot less now.  Thank you so much!  I really appreciate you guys being here.”

Denise Spoto – 5th grade teacher at Edward Wenzlaff:   “Regarding the kids who’re in KCP, they are more willing to help out.  Because there are so few of my students in your program, it’s hard for them to change the culture of disruption. However, they have changed *themselves*.   This does mean there are that many fewer kids disrupting, and that is good. 

“I would be willing to attend classes to learn the tools that KCP uses with the students.”

Note:  Other Teacher and parent video testimonials are currently being arranged.