Ameren Illinois is doing its part to help the young people in central Illinois recognize, respond and report bullying. Vice President of Customer Service & Metering Operations, Stan Ogden, will present a check for $25,000 to The Center for Prevention of Abuse in order to expand its work in local schools and day care settings.
Mr. Ogden states, “The Center has been very effective in helping nearly 20,000 students learn to keep their bodies safe, solve problems in a positive way and build healthy relationships. If Ameren Illinois can play any part in stopping the bullying or abuse of children, we will know that we’ve made a difference in our community. ”
The check presentation will be Wednesday, March 19 at 10:30 AM at Peoria Heights Grade School, 500 E. Glen Ave. Officials from Peoria Heights District 325 will be on hand to talk about how the programs presented by Center staff have impacted their grade school and high school students. Those attending will be Eric Heath, Superintendent; Gene Beltz, Principal of the Grade School and Pattie Kohorst, Counselor of the Grade School. In addition, CFPA prevention educator, Rachel Boudreau, will be there to discuss the objectives of the program.
Executive Director of The Center, Martha Herm, says, “I hope Ameren’s leadership will be an inspiration to other organizations to step forward to prevent abuse. Our homes, schools, neighborhoods and workplaces can become safer when everyone is more respectful towards others. We forget that some children aren’t taught those values and skills at home, so The Center is doing its best to fill that gap. We truly appreciate the generous contribution of Ameren to enhance our programming.”