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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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