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More than 170 students at Leland Middle School gathered to show their commitment to end bullying in their school. The Anti-Bullying Festival, organized by the Live in Peace Club, included games, face painting, music and dance, all designed to deliver the message that bullying is wrong.
Students also raised $400 for Hope Harbor Home, a shelter providing services to domestic violence victims/survivors and their children in Brunswick County.
To illustrate the message, social studies teacher David Beebe volunteered to be the target of bullying, being repeatedly hit in the face with cream pies thrown by students.
“Sharing a pie with friends creates goodwill,” he joked, adding that it’s worth it if the kids learn something.
Students had to correctly answer questions about tolerance, conflict resolution and the affects and prevention of bullying in order to participate in the fun.
The festival was made possible through a federally funded Learn and Serve Grant administered by Communities in Schools. Harris Teeter, Piggly Wiggly, McDonald’s, Walmart, and the UPS Store donated supplies and prizes for the event.