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Bullock announces expansion of school program at Billings stop

Posted at 11:00 PM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 01:00:20-04

BILLINGS — Gov. Steve Bullock announced the expansion of a program to boost teamwork, productivity and resiliency in schools during a Wednesday stop at Ponderosa Elementary School in Billings.

The PAX Good Behavior Game will now be available in 100 more public schools in more than 30 communities in Montana.

“We have the responsibility to create nurturing learning environments for our kids and confront youth suicide, substance abuse and peer pressure,” Bullock said in a statement. “The PAX Good Behavior Game teaches emotional resiliency and is the only prevention program proven to reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences. I’m pleased to see even more teachers across the state have access to this tool that will help ensure our kids are successful.”

The expansion was made possible through a $2.1 million federal grant announced on May 31. As a result, over 1,100 more teachers are being trained this fall. Previously 47 Montana schools were trained on the Good Behavior Game, according to Bullock's office.