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Middleburg Community Charter School wins national anti-bullying contest

Middleburg Community Charter School took a stand against bullying this year and won the grand prize in a nationwide contest for an anti-bullying video as part of the BullyBust campaign.

The campaign was sponsored by “Wicked the Musical” and the National School Climate Center (NSCC). Organizers announced MCCS’ win on Dec. 19.

Members of MCCS, the Creative Dance Center, Middleburg Police Department and the Middleburg Fire Department all participated in the video produced and directed by MCCS board member and parent, Richa Badami.

The video focuses on the importance of preventing and stopping bullying instead of being a passive bystander.

“I remember when I first heard about the Bully Bust campaign from 4/5 teacher Ms. Katie Brennan. It felt like an incredible opportunity to shine the spotlight on the very serious issue of bullying in schools. I had a sense of what the video could be, but through working with the kids, the power and essence of the message lifted up and off the screen, exceeding my expectations,” Badami said in a prepared statement.

As part of the grand prize, a cast member from “Wicked” will visit MCCS to learn more about the schools’ efforts and give students insight into the world of “Wicked” and Broadway. Additionally, MCCS’ award-winning video will be broadcast on “Wicked’s” and BullyBust’s social media pages, school officials said.

Founded in 2014, MCCS is northern Virginia’s first public charter school and is open to any county student in kindergarten through fifth grade.


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