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TMSG: Students Sing Out On Anti-Bullying

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - "Spread the word to end the word" is a campaign led by the Michigan Special Olympics to end bullying in schools.

Through the creative arts like singing to sketches, Lansing students watched the stage, then filled the stage to get an important message across.

"You can stand up against bullying and make new friends," said Dayshawn Bowman, a Gardner Elementary 3rd grader.

Dayshawn says since bullying is very hard to talk about and deal with, sometimes the best way to tackle it is with a little creativity. "We're gonna be on stage and we're gonna hold up signs," he said.

Signs like "Fun" and "Respect," two topics Lansing STEM 3rd-grader Athyliah Hernandez knows are key to communicating with kids their age.

"Tell them that I got your back... And I'll always be there for you," said Athyliah.

Lansing Schools Special Education Instructor Mary Dama says using music and the arts to teach kids how to overcome bullying is something more districts should do and can do by partnering up with local Special Olympics chapters.

"By bringing everyone together in a positive way, it just takes the power out of the bullying," said Dama.

But most importantly, it puts it into the hands and voices of these inspiring students, all ready to shout and sing out on anti-bullying.

Featured speakers at the anti-bullying summit included motivational performer Keenan West, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lansing School Superintendent Yvonne Camal Canuul.

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