Local school is selected to receive resources from the state to help fight bullying

(WXYZ) - The Multicultural Academy of Ann Arbor is getting some extra help in the fight against bullying.

The Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights selected three schools out of hundreds that applied for assistance in their anti-bullying program.

The state provides no funding, but offers staff assistance, guidance and other resources to help the schools more successfully implement their programs.

LaTasha Mitchell is the assistant principal of The Multicultural Academy of Ann Arbor. Officials say they chose the three schools whose anti-bullying efforts were a best fit for their initiative.

"It's exciting. We will receive resources from people who have researched bullying, that are experienced in building programs for schools .. in order to prevent bullying from taking place," says Mitchell.

She says the school made the cut because of the anti-bullying work it has already done and because of its diverse population.

The school will also be teaming up with the Pittsfield Township police in order to help get the right message to kids and the community.

The other participating schools include the International Academy of Flint and the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy. Last year, three other schools were selected for the initiative as well. The three schools in the initial phase of the project were Allendale Schools in Ottawa County, Vandercook Lake Schools in Jackson County and Detroit Public Schools.

State officials say that number of schools was chosen since the Department of Education has the capacity to assist that many schools.

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