Safe Fleet Announces Winners of $50,000 in Anti-Bullying Grants

BELTON, MO (April 24, 2017) – The 2017 United Against Bullying (UAB) Grant Program closed on Friday, March 31st. The annual Grant received a total of 121 applications, up 23% from last year. A total of 35 school districts and community organizations have been selected to receive grant funding this year with awards ranging from $100 to $3500 each.

“The sheer volume as well as the quality of the proposals made the selection of winners a difficult task,” said Bob Parks, Safe Fleet’s VP of Human Resources, and UAB Executive Sponsor. “We hope this funding will help kick-start new programs to end bullying and help those organizations already doing great work to grow their initiatives.”

The UAB Program is the social campaign of Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles. UAB Coordinators and teams from divisions of Safe Fleet in Canada and the US were active in outreach for the Grant Program.

“We are encouraged by the in-depth planning and programming proposed by grant applicants,” says John R. Knox, President and CEO of Safe Fleet. “It is a testament to the commitment of educators and administrators to help youth navigate the potential dangers of bullying, and empower them to succeed at school and in their communities.”

Grant winners’ proposals included strategies to understand what bullying is and how to handle it from the point of view of the bully, the bullied, or the bystander; programs that teach SEL skills (social and emotional learning); school-wide awareness events; art and poetry contests; and transportation departments requesting school bus equipment and training on bullying for bus drivers. The proposals were diverse and well-written with the safety and well-being of students as the clear priority.

2017 United Against Bullying Grant Winners

Banning Unified SD, California

Barren County SD 21, Kentucky

Beekman Charter School, Louisiana

Benjamin Cosor Elementary School, Fallsburg Central SD, New York

Blenheim Bus Lines, Ontario

Cahokia Unit SD 187, Illinois

Carlinville Community Unit School District #1, Illinois

Chadwick R-1 SD, Missouri

Charlotte Mecklenburg County SD, North Carolina

Cottage Grove Middle School, South Washington County Schools, Minnesota

Fordland R-III SD, Missouri

Green Forest SD, Arkansas

Helen Keller Junior High School, Schaumburg SD 54, Illinois

High Mount SD 116, Illinois

Highland Central SD, New York

International Bullying Prevention Association, Michigan

Midway R-1 SD, Missouri

Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School, Minnesota

PeaceMaker Minnesota, Minnesota

Rachel’s Challenge, Colorado

Reach Child and Youth Development Society, British Columbia

Sit With Us, Inc., California

Smithtown High School East, Smithtown Central SD, New York

St. Louis Public SD, Missouri

Stand Strong USA Inc., DBA Be Strong, Florida

Stevens Point Area SD, Wisconsin

Tackan Elementary School, Smithtown Central SD, New York

Tarkio R-I SD, Missouri

Uvalde Consolidated Independent SD, Texas

Vallo Transportation Ltd., New York

Washington Middle School, SD of Washington, Missouri

Wayne County SD, North Carolina

Worthington City Schools, Ohio

Wynford Elementary School, Wynford Local Schools, Ohio

Zadok Casey Middle School, Illinois

Awards and certificates will be mailed in May. Congratulations and thank you to all of the winners and to everyone who has conversations with young people on kindness and bullying.

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world.  These brands serve several major markets including: Bus, Rail and RV, Truck and Trailer, Work Truck, Emergency, Waste, and Industrial and Military.  With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and our portfolio of brands please visit


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For more information about this release, please contact:

Teresa Lynne
United Against Bullying Program Coordinator