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F.C. Event Set to Counter Bullying

An evening of live music from “Les Miserables” has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 7, as a benefit to support the introduction of the Challenge Days program to Falls Church’s Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, it was announced this week. Challenge Days is a premiere national program that helps students work through their fears and hatred of differences, addressing directly the kind of bullying and taunting that led to the nationwide spate of high-profile student suicides that accompanied the start of this school year.

Challenge Days has been a successful program at George Mason High School in recent years and is set for Dec. 1-2 there this year. It is now being expanded to the Henderson Middle School, where it is slated for Nov. 29-30. However, it is being privately subsidized and funds are needed to pay for this. The Nov. 7 event is being hosted by the Diversity Affirmation Education Fund of the non-profit Falls Church Education Foundation. It will be held at 6 p.m. at the ArtSpace of Falls Church, 400 S. Maple Ave., and local student talent has been invited to show up to sing tunes from “Les Mis” which will be the fall musical performed at GMHS in mid-November.

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