Hot Springs Intermediate School Unity Day Program

Hot Springs Intermediate School Unity Day Program
Hot Springs Intermediate School Unity Day Program

Hot Springs Intermediate School held its second annual anti-bullying program Wednesday for the national Unity Day campaign.

The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights National Bullying Prevention Center founded National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week in 2006. The event was expanded to all of October in 2010.

The campaign is meant to unite communities across the country, to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. The PACER Center has sponsored Unity day since 2011.

Wilda Hughley, French and Spanish teacher, planned the first program at the school a year ago. 

Susie Reece, chairwoman of the Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition, was invited to speak during the program. She called for a moment of silence for those who have been bullied.

Reece said bullies come in all shapes and sizes. She said people can face bullies at school, but also within their families. She said Unity Day is about bonding together against bullying. Reece said everyone can achieve more when they unite together.

The program includes multiple performances by students, including dance routines from Amy Bramlett's and Alexis Pritsch's dance students.

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