BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - Brookland Middle School students recently got some help in the battle against bullying.
The school's No Bullying Club received the Youth Ambassador Grant from the American Society for the Positive Care of Children.
The grant was for $1,000 and went to the club to help with promotional events.
"The grant is for the club to use for promotion of Anti-bullying awareness and bullying prevention in our school and through our club," Julie Thomas, club sponsor, said.
Some prevention projects include a photo booth, an art contest, a hashtag competition and other educational programs.
The No Bullying Club has been active in the Brookland Middle School for four years and Principal Randy Oxford said it has positively affected the school.
"We track discipline referrals and over the last few years we have seen a decline in bullying," Oxford said.
Oxford did say there is still work to be done, which is why this grant is a great gift to the club and school.
"We have a zero tolerance for bullying so we obviously want to get it to where we have no bullying in our school," Oxford said.
The club meets Friday mornings in Ms. Thomas's 4th grade classroom. Student President Vivian McMechan said it is a time for students to talk about the problem of bullying and find solutions.
"We help prevent bullying for our school through fourth, fifth and sixth grade because it is a really big problem for middle school students," McMechan said. "Anybody can be bullied at any time in their life."
Principal Oxford said bullying is a problem in every school and he would love to see it gone one day.
"We want to make it to where every child looks forward to coming to school and doesn't feel threatened in any way," Oxford said.
He is proud of the club's continued efforts to make every student feel welcomed and safe.
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