LAKE ORION (WWJ) – Millions of students and teachers across the nation plan to “Stand 4 Change” at noon on May 4 in a demonstration of their commitment to put an end to bullying.

Jeff Sakwa, President of Defeat the Label — an anti-bullying movement — said 13 million children are bullied in school each year, and it’s time to take a stand.

“Our hope is that May 4th can be the beginning of the end, by each person taking responsibility for themselves and continuing to raise awareness about this issue,” said Sakwa.

Schools from two local districts are taking the “Stand 4 Change” effort even further. Over 12,500 students from Lake Orion and Oxford will stand together to create a message of tolerance.

Each one of the 19 schools has been assigned their own word and on Friday morning, students at each school will go outside and stand together to form their word. A helicopter will fly overhead and take a picture of the word created by each school. When completed, the students will have collectively formed the following message:

Be the change you want to see in the world. Lake Orion and Oxford join together 2 stand 4 change.

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