WASHINGTON: The Health Resources and Services Administration is sticking with Widmeyer Communications for work on its national anti-bullying efforts.
The firm has collaborated with the federal agency for 11 years. For this year, it will focus on developing materials to ensure stakeholders have what they need to educate others in their communities about how to respond to and prevent bullying.
“Without a question, there is much more general awareness about bullying and its harmful effects,” said Jason Smith, a principal at Widmeyer. “But people are still struggling with what they can do about it.”
It is estimated that one bullying incident occurs every seven minutes, and that 160,000 children miss school every day because of the fear of assault or intimidation by other students.
Materials developed by Widmeyer will appear on StopBullying.gov.
The Health Resources and Services Administration signed a contract with the firm with four renewal options last year. It has now picked up the first option year, giving Widmeyer a budget of $365,000 for its work.
A representative from the federal agency confirmed the contract, but declined to comment further.
In July, The State Budget Crisis Task Force hired Widmeyer to promote a report on financial problems faced by states.