February 19, 2014
Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 1:15 PM CDT
PEORIA, Ill. -- An estimated one in four children are bullied on a regular basis in the United States.
But Richwoods High School English and Literature teacher, Joanna Moe wants to change that.
She's using the grant money to tackle an increasing problem many students are facing daily.
"We're seeing an increase in social media bullying, physical bullying and emotional bullying," said Joanna Moe.
She plans to bring a program to Richwoods that educates students on bullying by bringing in speakers and incorporating lessons into the classroom.
"Rachel's Challenge is a program that was introduced to me through some of my friends that teach in Princeville. It's a program that brings in individuals to talk about Rachel who actually took her life as a result of being bullied," said Moe.
The cost of bringing Rachel's Challenge to Richwoods is more than the grant provides, but the school administrator knows that students would benefit from the program.
"I said if you can find a way to get some of this money, I'll match it so you can bring it to Richwoods High School because I think it would help our kids," said School Administrator Cindy Clark.
"I really wanted to bring to Richwoods something that would affect all our kids and than would back up into the classroom as well," said Moe.