(01/17/14) - Gov. Rick Snyder called for improvements to school safety during
Thursday night's state of the state address.
Friday, two Mid-Michigan students were honored for their efforts to raise awareness about bullying and to keep other students safe.
The students are both winners in a bully awareness competition sponsored by Subway restaurants and the Detroit Tigers.
Inside Rittmuller Middle School, students are congratulating their classmates - seventh grader Avory Amy and eighth grader Veronica Hindeling - two young ladies who are taking a stand against bullies.
"I wrote an essay about bullying," Avory said.
"I wrote an essay about an old friend and how she solved her bullying problems," Veronica said.
Those essays went up against others from students across the state in Subway restaurant's 'Stand Tall with the Tigers' competition. Avory and Veronica were awarded first and second place .
"At subway, we think the bullying issue is a very important issue to tackle in our schools and we just like to promote safer schools," said Mark Johnston, Subway franchise owner.
That effort meshes with Gov. Snyder's push to make school safety a priority.
Principal Kristen Hecht appreciates the Governor's concern. She believes local school districts are doing a good job protecting their buildings, but they could use more resources.
"Increasing school cameras, but no one has time to sit there and watch security cameras all day, you need the personnel to be able to do that - or someone to greet at the door," she said.
Until funding for those resources are available, students here will continue to keep their hallways safe by working to put an end to bullying.
Avery, the grand prize winner, got a $500 Subway card and a signed Tigers baseball. Victoria got a $50 dollar Subway card and an autographed Tigers photo.
The middle school received a $1,000 check.
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