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Pelham High Students start social acceptance movement

Laura Watts Laura Watts
Lizzie Kelly Lizzie Kelly
PELHAM, GA (WALB) -

Two Pelham High School Students are starting a movement promoting self-esteem in their schools.

Students at Pelham High School release balloons to represent getting rid of labels and stereotypes throughout their school and community.

"Our goal is to increase social acceptance of everyone,” said Laura Watts, Pelham High Senior.

This Summer Pelham High Seniors Laura Watts and Lizzie Kelly started "The Embark Movement" and introduced it to their classmates today.

"It stands for enlightening many to bring about respect and kindness,” said Watts.

"Today we're focusing on stereotypes and labels,” said Lizzie Kelly, Pelham High Senior.

Issues that Watts and Kelly say are prevalent in their schools and in society.

"It's been a big issue throughout forever and especially in high school and it's really separated us,” said Watts.

"There's a huge social war going on race, gender, religion and if we break that boundary who knows what we can accomplish,” said Kelly.

They presented inspirational quotes encouraging social acceptance and encouraged classmates to write down how they've been labeled and stereotyped.

"We want to get rid of this fighting against each other because we believe that the fight shouldn't be people verses people,” said Watts. “It should be people verses diversity and we should all come together and do that."

The Embark Movement will also consist of service projects throughout the community. Watts and Kelly hope to have their movement implemented in high schools throughout the state.

"I want them to take away that they are more than a label,” said Kelly. “They can be anything that they want to be."

The Embark Movement is already implemented in Thomasville and Telfair County High Schools.

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