"JAWS" Program Aims to Curb Elementary School Bullying - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

"JAWS" Program Aims to Curb Elementary School Bullying

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Recess is done a little differently these days at Becker Elementary.

Instead of a playground, students are spending there time on the track. It's all part of a new program at the school called 'JAWS,' jogging and walking in school.

"This is something that is all volunteer. Kids don't have to do this," says Dee Nelson, who runs the youth enrichment program at the school. Nelson created the JAWS program. She rewards the kids with runner of the week awards. And although the JAWS program takes place outside, it's helping curb a problem that takes place inside the school halls.

These three elementary students say bullying happens. "People bully others because they don't have anything else to do" And a recent survey at the school showed most of the bullying takes place during recess, that's why nelson decided to launch "JAWS." "Allot of that really surprised me and saddened me that it's taking place in kids so young," says Nelson. But thanks to "JAWS," much of the bullying is going away.

"The last survey we took showed it went down." And for these three kids who say they enjoy running, also enjoy that bullies may be taking a step back. "It helps bullies not to be bullies anymore and breaks the habit."

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