Jason Scoggins, a sociology, civics, and economics teacher at Watson Chapel Junior High School, has been awarded a grant for $1,864.00 by the Arkansas Humanities Council and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to implement an anti-bullying project.
The project “Stand Up and Stand Out” is a program designed to create an anti-bullying culture across the junior high school campus. According to Scoggins, he was encouraged to pursue the grant after his first semester sixth-period sociology students shared their stories with him about their experiences with bullies.
After hearing the students’ stories, he and several of his colleagues met to discuss the need for an anti-bullying program. Scoggins said, “I just feel compelled to try to help students who are being bullied at school, and thanks to the Arkansas Humanities Council and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, we have a great first step in place.”