RHINELANDER - Thousands of schools across the national face the same problem—bullying.
November is National Bullying Awareness Month.
One group of schools in the Northwoods is banding together to put a stop to it.
Bullying is something most of us have faced.
But with the surge of social media sites, more and more students are falling victim to teasing.
Sixth grade teacher, Sarah Murphy, knows being a kid these days can be tough.
“Any kind of Facebook makes it easy for kids to join on the bandwagon and by simply clicking liketo an awful status or sending out a tweet and sending it to 50 people. The speed at which the bullying progresses, it’s shocking," said Murphy.
John Muir Middle School is one of many institutions in the Wausau School district combating bullying issues.
“I am Somebody,” is the project Sarah Murphy started.
To help raise awareness she applied for a grant through the Wausau School Foundation and was awarded $2500.
“This is a sensitive subject. It’s not easy. It’s uncomfortable. But these kids are ready for it they’re ready to talk about it," Murphy said.
By sharing her own personal stories about being bullied, Murphy says students are more open to sharing theirs.
6th Grader, Abby Haling, “Bullying is not cool no matter what.. It’s a huge problem throughout the world and I think it should be stopped.”
In addition to bringing a speaker on campus later this month to talk about bullying, the grant money also helps pay for teachers to add anti-bullying talks to their curriculum.
"I want people to know we're all against bullying," said Haling.
On Novemeber 26th at 7 p.m. a nationally renound speaker who lost his son to suicide due to bullying will come and speak to area schools.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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