‘Be SAFE’ curriculum earns Award of Excellence in international awards program

The producers of a recent Michigan State University Extension curriculum called Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments, have received an Award of Excellence in the 2013 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence program.

“Be SAFE” addresses issues related to bullying in out-of-school settings. Janet Olsen and Karen Pace, MSU Extension health and nutrition program leaders for social and emotional health, wrote the curriculum. The curriculum was edited by Rebecca McKee and designed by Marian Reiter, both from Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications.

The award came in the “One of a Kind – Education and Training Publications” category. APEX Awards for communications professionals are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. APEX Grand Awards honor the outstanding works in each main category, while APEX Awards of Excellence recognize exceptional entries in each of the individual categories. With some 2,400 entries, competition in this 25th year of the awards program was exceptionally intense, according to John De Lellis, editor and publisher of Communications Concepts, the sponsor of the awards program. One hundred Grand Awards were presented to honor outstanding work in 12 major categories, with 971 Awards of Excellence recognizing exceptional entries in 138 subcategories. There were winners from 40 states plus the District of Columbia, four Canadian provinces and eight other countries. Communications Concepts is based in Springfield, Va.

You can find out more about Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments in this Feb. 21, 2013, Spotlight article: https://msuespotlight.com/2013/02/21/extension-program-leaders-create-resource-to-address-bullying-in-out-of-school-settings/

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