FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County School Board approved a resolution to support an initiative started by the Warren County High School DECA club.
The initiative, titled "The Enough Project," focuses on spreading domestic violence and anti-bullying awareness.
Rick Gardner, an adviser for the club, said the initiative is a part of a community awareness project the club does every year.
“Every year, I find students who are very passionate about public relations or community service and I ask them what organization or cause they would like to highlight this year,” he said. “One of my students said they wanted to focus on the Phoenix Project.”
The Phoenix Project is a Front Royal-based organization that aids victims of domestic violence.
Reina Garnett, a student at Warren County High School and a member of DECA, said the club has helped spread awareness of the project by handing out flyers and setting up a booth at this year’s Festival of Leaves.
“As a team, we strongly encourage that you have a proper emotional relationship with your child,” she said.
Halea Hose, another club member, said that the initiative also focuses on bullying, particularly cyberbullying.
“Cyberbullies use the internet to tear people down and spread hate without having to show their face or take responsibility for their actions,” she said. “What they don’t know is victims of cyberbullying can experience things such as loneliness and extreme stress and anxiety.”
DECA visited Skyline Middle School as part of the initiative to raise awareness of the effects of bullying. Students at the school signed pledge cards to not bully and to report cases of bullying they see. Skyline Middle School has come under fire this school year for its handling of bullying cases.
“All children should be able to go to school without experiencing fear,” said Brianna Cochran, a DECA member.
Gardner commended the club for its work on the project.
“They’ve done a really good job on this,” he said.
The School Board also approved the final calendar for the 2020-2021 Warren County Public School year. The first day of school for students will be Aug. 11 while the last day is scheduled for June 4, 2021.