JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pam Bondi, Florida's Attorney General, received the Champion for Child Safety Award from the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. at the Florida School Counselor Association Convention in Orlando on Oct. 24.
Lynn Layton, executive director, Monique Burr Foundation for Children, presented the award on behalf of the Foundation. "Pam Bondi has been a true advocate for the Monique Burr Foundation Child Safety Matters™ program," she said. "This program is a research based bullying, cyberbullying and child abuse prevention program for elementary students and adults in their lives. Since its inception, the program has reached more than 630,000 elementary students (K-5) in Florida."
"I was thrilled to receive this recognition from the Monique Burr Foundation," said Bondi. "The Foundation's board, staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to spread their proven MBF Child Safety Matters™ program throughout Florida to prevent child abuse. Their passion for the safety of children has meant that many children have not been bullied or abused. They should feel proud that their work has made such a real difference."
Dr. Carolyn Berger, chair of the board of directors for the Florida School Counselor Association echoed Bondi's words and added, "The members of our association have embraced the curriculum provided by the MBF Child Safety Matters™ program. We have seen first-hand that this program works and prevents child abuse. Florida's children benefit from the program and become more effective learners." Dr. Berger is also an assistant professor in the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University.
About the Monique Burr Foundation for Children
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a mission to make a positive impact on the community at large, to create change in a family's life for the better and to give hope to a child by providing prevention education. MBF Child Safety Matters™ is a research-based, primary prevention education program, designed to educate and empower elementary students and adults with information and strategies to prevent bullying and child abuse. MBF Child Safety Matters™ has been approved in 54 out of 67 counties in Florida. The program is made possible through donations, so that every elementary school child in Florida can receive this safety training at no cost.
For more information about the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, call (904) 642-0210 or visit www.moniqueburrfoundation.org.