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Balloon bonanza sends anti-bullying message

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

  • ARE YOU READY? Pupils await the signal to release their balloons. Picture: Mike Southon. To order, call 0844 4060269 and quote Ref: BNMS20131122D-001_C

  • AND THEY'RE GONE: Pupils watch their balloons take off. Picture: Mike Southon Ref: BNMS20131122D-003_C

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CHILDREN from Burrington School found a new way to tell the world about caring for each other.

They launched anti-bullying messages on more than 30 balloons released from their playground.

It came at the end of a week of events promoted by the national charity, BeatBullying.

After the children's yellow and green balloons lifted off, teacher Lully Newman said: "It was a lovely thing to do and I don't think any of them will forget it."

The balloon idea came from one of the parents, Gemma Boyd, who's also a trainee teaching assistant and a member of the Parents and Friends Association.

The anti-bullying campaign formed part of the school's personal, health and economics education.

Lully Newman added: "We thought it would be a really nice way to support what the children have learned.

"Each child wrote their own message on a balloon about how to tackle bullying, about being kind and to care if someone's upset."

She added: "We wrote the school address on the back of each one and we hope people will come back to us if they find them."

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