Anti-bullying efforts branch into grocery stores

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KIMT News 3 – Bullying is still a major problem for schools across the country and organizing programs within school districts is one way that educators in North Iowa are trying to tackle this issue.

For the Northwood-Kensett School District, it all started with a survey.

A questionnaire was given to students in the junior and senior high asking if they felt like bullying was a problem at their school.

The results confirmed that something needed to be done and senior Hannah Gentz, member of ‘The Viking Way’, an anti-bulling organization on campus, jumped into action.

“As a school we watched the movie “The Bully” and then on the 18th of September, David and Tina Long from the movie came and talked to us at a school wide assembly,” Gentz told us.

Events like this wouldn’t be possible without the help and funding of outside sources.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is working with the Iowa Grocery Industry Association to help raise money for grants that rural, urban and suburban school districts can apply for to help combat bullying.

Store Director of Hy-Vee East in Mason City said that his store will be hosting a fundraiser for the month of October.

They will ask customers if they want to donate a dollar or more to the program and he said that, the “money will go toward this fund and to try and help raise money and help these schools out and hopefully make them better.”

The idea behind the program is to provide schools with the funds to create programs like The Viking Way

“I have seen the change,” Gentz said, “I’ve seen people actually being nicer and sticking up for each other and I like to see that.”

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