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October 27. 2013 9:47PM

Student teams will lead new anti-bullying initiative in NH

CONCORD — Student leadership teams are being formed across New Hampshire to combat bullying.

The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities has joined with motivational speaker William Harris to establish the program.

The governor appointed the council to advocate for people with developmental disabilities. Student teams will consist of 10 to 15 students, representing those with and without disabilities and a cross section of the student population — typical bullies, bystanders and targets.

A staff member will advise and support the group.

Once the student leadership teams are selected, they'll meet with Harris, a former student-athlete and 1978 basketball All-American who frequently speaks at schools about leadership, healthy choices, strategies for success and the team experience.

He will talk with the teams in a workshop-type setting for about 45 minutes where students will learn about bullying and the expectations of the group.

The student leadership teams and their advisers will meet regularly to develop a student-led anti-bullying program for their schools. "We aim to foster a positive school climate and change norms about the acceptability of bullying," said council member Tracy Walbridge.

Grants available

The council also has grants of up to $500 available to support anti-bullying initiatives. More information about the grants and how to apply for them can be found at nhddc.org/smallgrants.html. For more information about the program and how to participate, contact Kristin Ingram at kingram73@gmail.com.


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