GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- A group of Southern Oregon High School students are working to stomp out bullying through a project that has been in the works for months. It's called "Project H.A.L.T," which stands for "Helping All Local Teens." Garret Marcoulier, Sayge Pereira and Averie Richter are all members of the Josephine County Foundation, a student-led, non-profit organization that combines multiple schools in the county.
Richter said the idea for a run came from the group's Executive Director, Chris Pendleton.
"He was like 'I want to do this 100-mile run for an anti-bullying project' and I was like, 'Wow that's a big project,'" Richter said.
The group started planning the project in July.
Sayge Pereira, Hidden Valley Junior, said the project will include a 103-mile relay run between five schools in Josephine County and one school in Jackson County.
"It's going to start very early in the morning, the first runner will leave at 8 a.m. and we're going to have two going on at once so it ends a little quicker," Pereira said.
Garret Marcoulier, Hidden Valley Senior, said he wants other schools to be like Hidden Valley High School when he got there as a freshman.
"I mean people don't realize it, but 49 percent of kids in grades four through twelve are being bullied in America and I think that's a huge issue," Marcoulier said.
Richter said this is the biggest project the group has worked on.
"We have guest speakers coming to the school every year talking about bullying and this project is a completely different aspect," Richter said.
The event will kickoff with its opening ceremony Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Grants Pass Courthouse. The Mayor and several principals will be present and will sign an agreement to end bullying. The relay will be Friday morning.
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