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Waterloo East and West High Schools work to prevent bullying

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According to dosomething.org, more than 3 million students are victims of bullying each year.

The Iowa Department of Education is trying to work on solutions to eliminate distractions to learning, including bullying.

A number of high schools across the state of Iowa have been chosen to participate in the 'Safe and Supportive Schools' program, including Waterloo East and West High Schools.

The Iowa Department of Education is asking students, parents, and teachers to fill out a confidential survey.

The survey will focus on issues ranging from relationships in the school to overall environment in the school.

"That's what education is, it starts with relationships. If the kids feel comfortable that they have people that care about them and that want to see them be successful that just helps them be in the classroom be engaged and continue to take ownership of their own education," said Josh Payton, Project Coordinator at Waterloo East High School.

After the survey's are completed and the results are back, the grant money will be spent to support efforts that will improve the overall environment.

Monday is the start of the survey and the schools need your help. On both, East High School and West High School's websites there is a link to the survey.

They are hoping for parents to log on and complete the survey.

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