Bullying Task Force Transitioned to Volunteer Group
The Pierre – Fort Pierre Bullying Prevention Task Force is coming to a close, but its work will continue.
The Task Force was established in August of 2017 by Pierre Mayor Steve Harding and Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson. Since then, the group has worked to raise awareness of bullying in the community and to build an infrastructure of support tools for those impacted by bullying.
Dennis Pfrimmer, CEO of Capital Area Counseling Services, served as the facilitator for the Task Force.
“From the beginning, our goal was to establish long-term systems to encourage ongoing prevention efforts,” said Pfrimmer. “I’m happy to say, those tools have been developed, and we have volunteer teams in place to perpetuate the effort.”
According to Pfrimmer, two volunteer-led committees have been established. A Prevention Committee will continue the work of the Task Force with ongoing bullying and prevention awareness messaging. A Response Committee is also in place to work with families and youth who are struggling with the issue of bullying.
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding applauded the efforts of the Task Force.
“Bullying is a tough issue with no easy solutions,” said Pierre Mayor Steve Harding. “I applaud Dennis and all of the Task Force members for building prevention tools to make this community safer for everyone who lives here.”
Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson agreed.
“As I’ve said before, bullying isn’t a school issue –it a community issue,” said Hanson. “It’s very encouraging to see our community members lending their time and talent to improve our community.”
If you’re interested in being a part of the long-term bullying prevention effort in Pierre and Fort Pierre, please contact Capital Area Counseling Services at 605.224.5811.