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ASpire speaker to talk about bullying

Mari Reynolds of the ASK (Access for Special Kids) Resource Center in Des Moines will be the speaker for the February ASpire meeting, on “Bullying Prevention: What Parents Can Do.” The meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Heartland AEA office in Ames, 511 S. 17th St.

Mari will give an overview of the dynamics of bullying, including what bullying is, what the types of bullying are, who and why children are bullied. Other topics include steps to intervene in bullying behavior, how to encourage students who witness bullying to take action, the role of the school, and laws and policies. Her presentation will be geared toward parents of children with disabilities.

ASPIRE is a parent-led support group for parents, educators and professionals who have or work with children who have special needs. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Jamie Gurganus at jgurganus@heartlandaea.org or 515-232-7583.

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