Students walking the halls at Durham Intermediate School wanted to raise awareness about bullying in school. Assistant Principal Kathy Phillips created what she calls Project TRUTH as a tool to teach respect and understanding toward all humankind. This program is intended to teach students about bullying and provide them with confidence and tools to try and put a stop to it.

Phillips started Project TRUTH as a voluntary after school program. During the first session, the students created masks describing who they are and then shared the masks with the group. These masks were done to build confidence and leadership in the students. The second project Phillips initiated with the students was an anti-bullying music video. She said the students discussed how they viewed bullying and wrote the lyrics with help from the DIS Music teacher Amanda Gillum. Phillips is hoping to make Project TRUTH part of the curriculum and said that it would reach at least 95 percent of the students at DIS.

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