BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - Schools in southern West Virginia are taking a stand against bullying.
Next Wednesday, Raleigh Education Service Agencies is asking schools in Mercer, Monroe, McDowell, Raleigh, Wyoming and Summers counties to promote "Blue Shirt Day."
It's a time for educators, staff, students and the community to wear blue shirts symbolizing peace.
The commitment is part of an array of activities comprising Bullying Prevention Week, set to heighten awareness of bullying and to employ strategies to stop it.
Ann Sammons is the regional school wellness specialist. She has established a team from the county boards of education to pool resources and ideas for keeping schools bully and bullying free.
It's an extension of a statewide initiative - the "It Does Matter" campaign - promoted by the West Virginia State Department of Education.