This was the theme when representatives from the Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Civil Rights Team presented Stand-Up to Bullying program information at the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club’s regular weekly meeting. Erin Williams, team president, Matt Theriault, treasurer, Chris Berry, and Rachel Elmore, advisor, described the team’s mission as stopping bullying and harassment both at school and in the community.

Front row: Chris Berry – member, Rachel Elmore – advisor, Erin Williams – president

Back row: Matt Theriault – treasurer, Tracy Copeland – Rotary Club program host

The team has two groups, a middle school group lead by advisor Robyn Daigle and a high school-level group lead by Elmore. This structure permits members to more comfortably address and discuss age-appropriate topics. At present the middle school group focusses on “no name calling”. A primary topic for the team is also a current “hot button”, cyber bullying.

In the future the team plans to hold fundraisers, invite speakers to address what is bullying and how to handle it. Also, the team will be holding peer discussion groups and hopes to travel to Augusta to speak with members of the State Attorney General’s office under whose auspices the statewide program falls.