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Newsmakers Extra: Generation Under Fire

Group says love, empathy answer to decreasing school violence

HOUSTON – For 20 years Glenn Wilkerson, D.Min, has been working to improve the self-esteem of children.

For the past seven years, The ARKGroup, which he founded 20 years ago, has been working with teachers and administrators of Aldine ISD.

“Kids who feel loved perform better, behave better and they don’t shoot up schools,” he said. The research shows the solution is to get every child connected with at least one adult who’s primary to that child’s life in a relationship of unconditional love.”

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Rebecca Sanford, Ed.D. is the Principal of Hambrick Middle School in Aldine ISD, and says letters she receives from students about teachers have a common theme: “my teacher cares about me, my teacher loves me. When I’m not at school my teacher worries about me.” It's just some of the benefits her school has seen as a result of participation in the ArkGroup program. Out of school suspensions have dropped by 49 percent throughout the district.

Find out more about this program and how it works to decrease violence in schools. Here on Newsmakers Extra and on the Newsmakers program on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

  • B. Glenn Wilkerson, D.Min, Founder The ArkGroup, 281-537-1301 or 888-275-0744,  www.TheArkGroup.com | email: ark@thearkgroup.com | Twitter:@ArkLovesKids 
  • Rebecca Sanford, Ed.D, Principal, Hambrick Middle School, 281-985-6570     http://hambrickms.aldineisd.org/about/principals | email: rsanford@aldineisd.org | Twitter: @AldineISD 

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