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Rhinelander High School Diversity Club receives grantSubmitted: 12/19/2013
Story By Dan McKinney


RHINELANDER - Problems with bullying concern parents, school staff, and children across the country. The Rhinelander High School Diversity Club aims to end bullying.

The club is fewer than 2 years old. It's growing in popularity and awareness. The club holds events throughout the year to bring awareness to bullying.

"If we can get guest speakers to come in its going to really help the kids understand what it's like to be bullied, and how to stop it, and by having different activities that need money to be funded it's going to be more exciting and more kids are going to want to participate," says Megan Marvin, a 12th grade Rhinelander High School student.

Diversity Club just got a $1,000 dollar grant from the Wisconsin Student Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse program. With the money the club plans to attend a bullying training at the mental health summit in Eagle River in May. Susan Hampton is a counselor at Rhinelander High School. She says bullying is less physical and more sophisticated these days.

"It's more text messaging sending pictures or posting on Facebook or spreading rumors about someone or calling people names those kinds of things," says Susan Hampton, a Rhinelander High School counselor.

This is the first year the club was awarded the grant money.




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