Maplewood Comprehensive High School’s Distinquished Service Award

Monikda Pugh RESIZED

We are THRILLED to recognize Monika Pugh, our STARS Specialist at Maplewood Comprehensive High School, for being presented with the Distinquished Service Award by Principal, Mr. Ron Woodard. Monika was honored during a recent in-service for the Maplewood staff  for her contributions to the overall climate of their school.  Her ability to build relationships within the building amoung staff, teachers, students, families and administrators over the past three years has made a true difference … [Read more...]

Honoring Child Abuse Prevention Month with Ft. Campbell!

KOB at FT Campbell 1

For the past four years, our Kids on the Block team has been invited onto Ft. Campbell Post to present to their now six elementary schools.  This all began with funding from the Nashville Predators Foundation when they funded our Coping With Crisis program and corresponding puppet, Salima.  This program addresses the fears, concerns, hopes and struggles that face families dealing with the deployment of a loved one.  The impact this presentation has had on the young children living on Post is … [Read more...]

From a School Counselor…


April is National Child Abuse Prevention month and to honor this our Kids on the Block team has been presenting to all six (yes, 6!!) elementary schools at Ft. Campbell this week.  We have been presenting our Child Abuse Prevention program to all their third graders and our Coping With Crisis program to all second graders.  We will have some photos and stories to share about these experiences later on.  In the meantime, here is a letter we received from a school counselor: Dear Kids on the … [Read more...]

Addressing Bullying, Harassment, and Hazing Through Effective Policy and Practice

Tennessee Department of Education  Office of Safe and Supportive Schools in Partnership with STARS Nashville... A civil and respectful learning environment is an essential foundation for teaching and learning.  Public Chapter 153 as enacted by the 2009 General Assembly mandates specific actions on the part of schools relative to bullying, harassment and intimidation.  This seminar will provide an overview of these and other related requirements with a particular focus upon insuring that … [Read more...]

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Kids On The Block Making A Difference

Prevent Child Abuse

Did you know that a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds?  Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult and 30% more likely to commit violent crime? STARS and Kids On The Block recognizes and supports National Child Abuse Prevention month in April. Kids On The Block offers a Child Abuse Prevention presentation for third graders. This personal safety program educates students to identify … [Read more...]

STARS Chosen As Charity Tour of Homes Benefiting Charity

Charity Tour of Homes White House 2012

After participating in the selection and interview process for the Charity Tour of Homes, we are pleased to announce that STARS has been selected as one of the benefiting charities of the May 2012 Charity Tour of Homes.   Featuring the latest in gorgeous building and interior design ideas, the Charity Tour of Homes takes place Fridays through Sundays, May 18-27, with seven fully-decorated homes on beautiful home sites throughout the Nashville area with Miriam’s Promise and STARS (Students … [Read more...]

Charity Tour of Homes – Sumner & Williamson County

HE Front Elevation - MCBC 2012 (2)

Highlighting the latest in home building innovation and interior design while giving back to the community, the 2012 Charity Tour of Homes features seven stunning custom homes ranging in style from French Country to Louisiana Farm House on home sites from Hendersonville’s Fairvue Plantation to Leipers Fork weekends May 18-27 and benefiting two worthy Middle Tennessee non-profits, Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) and Miriam’s Promise. Presented by the Master Custom Builders Council of TN and … [Read more...]


STARS CEO Rodger Dinwiddie shares with PET the resources of STARS.

With the Friday, March 30 limited release of the movie “Bully,” once again this difficult issue is being presented in an important national forum.  We applaud the efforts to create a dialogue and show a sympathetic view of the pain affected students are experiencing.   At the same time, as advocates of bullying prevention, we want to caution our community to understand bullying and suicide are very complex issues. We encourage parents and teachers to take a careful look at the movie before … [Read more...]

A powerful response to the new documenatary BULLY.

Bully Still Shot

This article reinforces what we have been talking about ... The amazing importance of the film, and one of the big problems with the entire issue that is very complicated. By Emily Bazelon, from a recent article posted in Slate. What do you say about a documentary that could do some good—and also a lot of harm? That’s how I feel about Bully, the new documentary by Lee Hirsch that has already received a lot of attention because the MPAA gave it an unwarranted R rating, on account of a few … [Read more...]

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