TOMAHAWK - The Tomahawk school district let students listen to a strong anti-bullying message today. The speaker charged the school district more than $3,000. But do these programs actually work? School leaders believe they do.
"Our hope is that it makes every student take a step back and think about it, reflect upon how they treat other people," says Scott Swenty, Tomahawk High School Principal. "When they either witness bullying or they're involved with it themselves it gives them the idea at least to say here's what it is here's how we can address it here's how we can seek help if it is an issue."
Today, elementary school, middle school, and high school students all got a chance to listen to Matt Moran.
"I remember being in High School and walking into these assemblies and thinking oh here's my snore period," says Swenty. "When you begin talking about the statistics and about the amount of kids who have actually chosen to end their lives because of bullying they start to wake up."
80% of bullying incidents are witnessed by a bystander. Moran spoke to students about becoming a defender when they see bullying rather than being just a bystander.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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