Last updated: July 17. 2013 1:29PM - 343 Views

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Chad Abshire

Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON — A Mingo County school will be participating in an all-day event with an intention to “start the conversation” about bullying and responsible behavior.

Tug Valley High School, along with schools in Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason and Wayne Counties, will take part in bullying prevention activities on Friday, as local boards of education kick off the “It Does Matter” initiative.

A West Virginia Department of Education program, “It Does Matter” is aimed at addressing bullying in schools. The Friday event is designed to provide a starting point for positively affecting school climates in the counties served by RESA 2.

Students will participate in activities designed to educate students about what constitutes bullying behavior and how to combat bullying. They will also learn tips on how to be a positive influence for others and to maintain self-esteem.

Tug Valley Principal Johnny Branch told the Daily News that the school would be having a variety of events between 8 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. that day, such as, “a school motivational assembly, classroom activities, art and performance projects, and several other items. Students will be making special pledges to encourage fair treatment for all and will participate in a banner signing.”

More information on the campaign can be found at itdoesmatterwv.com.

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