The Character Playbook program has been designed to help reduce bullying and promote healthy relationships in Frederick County public middle schools. 

Now, it’s successfully funded and has launched.

“Last school year, we did a pilot with several schools in the county. This fall, we went back to school after Labor Day. It was available in all the schools for the counselors to use to bring this program to their seventh and eighth grade students,” said United Way of Frederick County, Impact Director, Malcolm Furgol. 

Officials said the program will be available in FCPS middle schools for the next two years. 

“Frederick County Public Schools does an awful lot to prevent bullying in our schools. We have extensive anti-bullying programs, and this is just another tool in our tool box. It will really help students,” said FCPS, Director of Communications, Michael Doerrer. 

According to the Frederick County Office for Children and Families Local Management Board Needs Assessment, bullying was identified as the number one concern of families in 2016.

“The interesting thing about Character Playbook is that it does address the issue of bullying, but it addresses it in a larger context. Really, it’s more about healthy relationships and social, emotional learning,” said Furgol. 

“It offers real-life scenarios that help students understand how to make good choices and how to engage in positive behaviors and positive relationships,” said Doerrer. 

United Way of Frederick County officials said they will be speaking to the Frederick County Board of Education on Oct. 11 to try and get the Character Playbook program in all FCPS middle schools as a positive force for good.