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Stephanie's Heroes: Gracie Quarles & Stop the Violence Team

February 7, 2011

There's more than reading and writing going on in one Louisa County classroom. Gracie Quarles is heading up a campaign called “Stop the Violence.” It’s an effort to prevent bullying.

“We have a lot of talented students. If we don't take care of them now they're not going to live to make a difference in our future,” said Gracie Quarles, a teacher at Louisa County Middle School.

Students in the “Stop the Violence" group are taking a stand, spreading their anti-bullying message through stepping and forums in the community and at school.

“Bullying does have a big impact on people and you don't really know the effect until it happens to you. We don't want it to happen to anyone so we try to put an end to it,” said student Angel Wood.

“Just trying to influence people not to be so angry and to get along with each other,” added Paula Morrison.

It's a project that's changing lives and one that certainly makes Quarles and her student’s heroes.

“It makes me feel good to know that I’m making a difference in a young person’s life, that they can grow up to be productive citizens,” said Quarles.

Students are well on their way. They're hoping to stomp out bullying in their school and throughout their community.

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