DeHerrera wants fundraiser to help stop bullying in Re-8 schools

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DesiRae DeHerrera has a goal for this school year.

DeHerrera graduated from Fort Lupton High School in 1998 and her parents are alums, as well. There are three generations of Fort Lupton High School graduates on her mom's side of the family, and her daughter (a class of 2022 grad) was the 24th member of DeHerrera's family to graduate from FLHS.

She wants to put a stop to bullying in the Weld Re-8 School District, and she wants to do that by way of a fundraiser next month.

“It’s hit me for a long time, but it really hit home last year,” she told the district’s board of education during a Sept. 8 workshop. “Students shouldn’t worry about coming to a place where they are going to be bullied.”

The main piece of the effort is through the sale of T-shirts. DeHerrera’s hoped-for price is $10 for short-sleeved shirts and $20 for long-sleeved ones.

“I am willing to help you any way I can,” said Re-8 chief operations officer Jim Roedel. “I can point you to printers and give you names of people who are willing to help. I’m not the smart guy who can put all that together.”

“I just want to raise money,” DeHerrera said. “It’s up to the district how it distributes the money. I just want to do my part to make it happen.”

DeHerrera told the board that 80% of middle-school students are worried about being bullied in school.

“When I dropped my daughter off at school for the first time, she didn’t want to go in,” DeHerrera said. “She said she was afraid of being bullied.”

DeHerrera also told the school board accountability needs to be felt among students and staff.

“I’ve always been an advocate about saying staff needs to be held accountable, just like students,” she said. “Families have brought kids to me and sent me emails saying their children are being bullied and that the parents will home-school their kids.”

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Weld Re-8 School District, Re-8 board of education, bullying

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