Three JCF students- Averie Richter, Sayge Periera, and Garret Marcoulier (all students at Hidden Valley High School) – created Project H.A.L.T (Helping All Local Teens). Project H.A.L.T is the Josephine County Foundation’s anti-bullying campaign. The purpose of the anti-bullying campaign is to raise awareness to the bullying problem happening all over the country.
“Bullying is a big problem in America. 49% of grades 4 through 12 kids are being bullied everyday.” ~Garret Marcoulier, Projet H.A.L.T Student Leader
Project H.A.L.T was kicked off by a press conference, which was held at the courthouse by the three student leaders. The press conference received press from multiple news stations from all over Southern Oregon. The student leaders then kicked off the first leg of the run from the courthouse to Grants Pass High School.
The rest of the 103-mile relay was held the next day. Two routes were being ran at the same time. One route was from Grants Pass High School to Rogue River Junior Senior High School to North Valley High School to New Hope Christian School to Hidden Valley High School. The other route ran was from Hidden Valley High School to Illinois Valley High School. Over 80 students and faculty took part in the run to raise awareness about Project H.A.L.T and the bullying problem.
The next step for Project H.A.L.T is to bring guest speakers into the high schools to educate students about the bullying epidemic. All students in these high schools will take sign a pledge stating they will not bully and will stand up to those who do bully. JCF will also provide lesson plans to all students to try to put a H.A.L.T to bullying.
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