Rise over Run in Houston, TX

What a great week we had in Houston, TX! We met a special school this week that has a very important program for their students.  We’re excited to tell this story but first things first.   Thanks to all of our Houston schools for the wonderful hospitality, Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center, Channelview High School, Elsik High School, North Shore Senior High School, and Reagan High School.  Awesome schools, students, and faculty.  One school in particular, North Shore Senior High School, has a great anti-bullying  program at their campus.  The program is called Rise over Run.  This program was started by Ms. Laina Barajas who is a teacher at North Shore Senior High. The program was started in the fall of 2011 after Ms. Barajas found out her daughter was being bullied.   Ms. Barajas knew it was important to get other students and adults to understand the effects of bullying and how to deal with it when it occurs. Rise over Run is about taking a stand against bullying instead of running from someone who needs help.  It’s about giving someone their voice back when they are not strong enough to stand up for themselves. To let them know someone out there does care about them.  Everyday the number of students participating in this program continues to grow.   Last year North Shore was named a No Place For Hate school, which is an initiative from the Anti-Defamation League.  It’s people like Ms. Barajas that truly see the big picture in our students’ lives.  Thank you Ms. Barajas for being such a great example and motivator for our youth.  Next week we’re wrapping up our time in Texas on the Fall High School Tour.  San Antonio we hope you’re ready for us!