The Times West Virginian

October 13, 2013

East students contribute to United Way, denounce bullying

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Most of us have heard the saying “give peace a chance,” but students at East Fairmont High School found a way to give the saying their own special meaning.

As they stood in the formation of a giant peace sign in the school’s parking lot last week, the entire East Fairmont High School student body was trying to send a message: “Give Bees a Chance.”

During the activity, the students were dressed in orange, which is the color that is used to represent anti-bullying.

Tracey Linn, a social studies teacher at EFHS, said the activity, which was held on Anti-Bullying Day, was a way for the students to contribute to the annual United Way of Marion County’s “Hands Across the Campus” fundraiser while also showing support for bullying prevention.

“Hands Across the Campus” raises money for the United Way and encourages students to participate in community service.

Through the fundraiser, Linn said the students raised about $300. According to Linn, United Way coordinators Melissa Garrett and Annalese Weldy also sponsored Hat Day at the school, bringing in even more funds for the organization.

In addition to giving back to their community through monetary donations, students also took the time to speak out against bullying by signing an anti-bullying banner.

Linn and band director TJ bean organized the activity, and Patt and Sherry Carr flew a plane overhead and took photos to document the moment.

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