Columbia College, Hickman team up for Unity Day to prevent bullying

    Columbia College and Hickman High School are teaming up to celebrate Unity Day as part of Bullying Prevention Month. (File)

    Columbia College and Hickman High School announced they would team up Wednesday, October 24, to celebrate Unity Day as part of Bullying Prevention Month.

    A release from Columbia Public Schools stated the college would host a Q&A session from 5-6 p.m., to speak about bullying and how to access resources. Then from 6-7 p.m., Columbia College students will provide academic research studies and present them to the audience.

    Hickman HOPE Club members will wear orange and encourage to sign pledge cards in support of bullying prevention.

    HOPE, which stands for Helping Our Peers Everywhere, is a group of dedicated individuals who want to make a difference in the community, a release from CPS stated. HOPE club provides many opportunities for students to be involved such as a peer education in elementary, middle and junior high schools about drug education, violence prevention and antibullying education. HOPE members can also serve as ambassadors to new students, as well as volunteer in many activities such as the March of Dimes Walk, adopting a family for Christmas, Red Ribbon Week and more.

    KRCG 13 has partnered with the Unity Way for more than one year in an effort to stop bullying in mid-Missouri. If you or someone you know has been bullied or needs resources to combat this community-wide issue, you have access to dozens of stories and reports here.

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