Education: Berry series to mark the centennial of the armistice that ended fighting in World War I. Floyd County Schools earn grant to train 200 employees to watch for signs of sexual abuse.

Education: Berry series to mark the centennial of the armistice that ended fighting in World War I. Floyd County Schools earn grant to train 200 employees to watch for signs of sexual abuse.

Archive photo of the World War I monument at Berry College.

 

The Berry College History Department has organized a week of events beginning Nov. 7 to mark the centenary of the armistice that ended fighting in World War I, which was signed on Nov. 11, 1918.

“The conflict of World War I lasted more than four years, killed 8-9 million people, wounded 21 million more and transformed the course of 20th century world history,” Berry Professor of History Matthew Stanard said. “The war was a global conflict that reached even distant, remote corners of the globe.  This included Northwest Georgia, where hundreds of Berry students, alumni, faculty and staff supported the U.S. war effort, eleven of whom gave their lives.”

  • The first event will be a lecture by Harvard University History Professor Erez Manela. His talk, “The Great War: A Global Perspective,” will be at 6 p.m., Nov. 7 in the Evans Hall auditorium.
  • A roundtable discussion on the impact of the war and a general overview will be led by Manela, University of West Georgia Assistant Professor of History Aimee Genell, Berry Professor of History Laurence Marvin and Berry Associate Professor of History Christy Snider at 11 a.m. Nov. 8, in Krannert Center, room 217.
  • On Nov. 11, history and communications double major Beth Anne DeKeizer will present her research and a short documentary film, “Berry and World War I,” at 4 p.m. in Krannert room 217. A ceremony at the Berry World War I monument on Memorial Drive will follow at 5:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.


Floyd County Schools recently was awarded a grant that will allow for 200 personnel to be trained in Stewards of Children, an evidence informed prevention program designed to train adults to prevent recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy and FCS are partnering in the initiative to prevent child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children is an adult-focused, sexual abuse prevention training to communities in Georgia. Stewards of Children is a two-hour, evidence-informed training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and report child sexual abuse. Through a train-the-trainer model and a coordinated effort to bring prevention training to institutions and community leaders across the state, the center’s mission is to shift the societal perspective on child sexual abuse and ultimately reduce the occurrence.

The Stewards of Children grant also provides a scholarship for two individuals within the school system to become facilitators of Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children. School Social Workers, Kaitlyn Wilson and Jackie Trammell, are the project coordinators for the grant and will complete the training to become facilitators.

The Rome/Floyd Commission on Children and Youth as well as Harbor House have started the initiative in Rome to train 5 percent of of the population in child sexual abuse prevention. Targeting child serving organizations, such as school systems, will continue to move this initiative throughout the county. Rome City Schools was also awarded the grant and both school systems will work together to ensure that the training is completed.

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