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"Be the Change"
Marching against bullies

On Monday morning, more than 420 Gorton Junior High School students joined together for their second annual anti-bullying walk. The students and participating faculty wore T-shirts that read “Tolerance + Anti-Bullying = Freedom,” a slogan and design by eighth grader Richard Palermo. Students and faculty voted on multiple designs and chose Palermo’s as the winner. The back of the T-shirt bore a poem by student Alexandria Curtis that read:

“You are stronger than you seem, Braver than you believe, Smarter than you think, More loved than you imagine, More visible than you see, Not as alone as you feel.”

With a police escort, the students made their way from Gorton, down Sandy Lane to Stop & Shop on Warwick Avenue and back again. A silver convertible, whose passenger was King Gong, the school’s mascot, tailed the walkers. King Gong, played by seventh grader Jake Gonsalves, proudly displayed a poster that read, “Be the Change.” (Warwick Beacon photos by Kim Kalunian)

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