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The National Conference on Bullying will award the Fort Worth school district for its efforts to cease bullying, on Wednesday.
The conference, located in Sarasota, Florida, will have 12 schools, districts, and/or programs receiving an award. More than 85 nominations were sent to the School Safety Advocacy Council to receive the award.
The It's Not Okay program, launched in Fort Worth last year, aims to fight bullying in schools by educating teachers, students, and parents on the issue. Plans to expand the anti-bullying efforts were announced recently by district officials. Also, in June, of last year, the school district added protection for students, as well as employees, based on "gender identity and expression."
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.