With October underway, all the kiddos are back to school in the Wood River Valley. From the outside looking in, it seems things are running smoothly! Their days are packed with educational endeavors, making new friends, getting to know their new teachers, and accomplishing homework and projects. That said, no matter the age, transitioning from flexible summer routines to structured school days isn’t always a breeze. Thankfully, the Valley’s school systems are accustomed to this transition and are as supportive as can be.
As the academic year progresses, we would like to remind you about Green Dot 208’s tools and resources. As you know, Green Dot is a program focused on the educational and impactful aspects of being an active bystander. Here in the Wood River Valley, we teach children and young adults how to have someone’s back when a situation isn’t ideal — i.e. when bullying, peer pressure, sexual assault, etc. are perceived.
That said, we would also like to mention the 3 D’s and their purpose. Direct: having the courage to directly intervene when someone is in suspected danger. Delegate: when feeling too wary or shy to intervene directly, diffusing the situation by delegating help. Distract: creating a distraction to de-escalate a potentially violent situation. To summarize, those are the 3 D’s and the three ways to have someone’s back.
If you have any questions or comments — or if you would like to schedule a training with our Green Dot team — you can click here. You can also reach out to either Darrell or Heidi with additional questions and feedback.
As always, we have your back!