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Media Advisory

For immediate use

June 13, 2006 -- No. 313

Bertie County teachers, sheriff’s department
to participate in joint school safety training

Wednesday (June 14), 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Bertie County Schools’ Board of Education Building
222 County Farm Road

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government invites media representatives to attend a training exercise for Bertie County teachers on Wednesday (June 14).

The training exercise focuses on developing responsibility and preventing violence among students. A representative of the Bertie County Sheriff’s Department will also participate in the exercise, which will demonstrate how police officers address conflict in everyday situations in the community.

The exercise is part of a two-day training session for 24 Bertie County teachers of grades 1-8. There are two primary components to the training:

• VOICE (Violence-prevention Outcomes in Civic Education) uses law education, peer mediation and service learning to educate middle school students about democratic government.

• Primary VOICE: Literature and the Law uses children’s literature to introduce and develop the concepts of governance and responsibility among elementary school students.

The training is funded by the Constitutional Rights Foundation-Chicago and co-hosted by the foundation and the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, a program of the UNC School of Government. A gift to the school from Lloyd Smith, an attorney at Pritchett & Burch, PLLC in Windsor, will enable participants to receive children’s literature to supplement the training curriculum and will cover the cost of lunch both days.


Note: Reporters and photographers are welcome to sit in on other sessions during the two-day training – all at the board of education offices. The session detailed above will likely prove the most visual and physically interactive.

UNC School of Government contact: Ellen Bradley, (919) 843-6527 or
NC Civic Education Consortium contact: Kelley O’Brien, (919) 260-9361 – on site Wednesday (June 14)