Students Run Massive Relay To Spread Awareness and Stop Bullying
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With every mile they're running-- they say they're sending a message, on foot throughout the community-- that bullying needs to end.
Sayge Pereira says, "We want all kids to know we see everything on the internet, we see everything that gets talked about."
The teen leaders are part of the Josephine County Foundation.
It’s a non-profit ran by high school students.
They learn how to run a business while making an impact on the community.
This year they've come up with "Project H.A.L.T," which stands for "Helping All Local Teens."
They thought about bringing in guest speakers-- but their teacher suggested they get more of the community on board and make it a project bigger than ever before.
Chris Pendleton says, "I asked the kids if they could think about running a torch from school to school and they thought I was a crazy guy."
Now the idea is a reality.
Students and staff will run from school to school with a petition to end bullying in all its forms.
Sayge Pereira says, "It shows, it's the human heart, you're actually putting yourself out there. You're not just signing a piece of paper. You're not putting your heart into that, this is something you're choosing to do."
Both of those races start at 8 am and they're likely to end around 3 or 4 pm depending on the runners’ pace.
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