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Nerf battles to help beat bullying

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La Crescent, MN (WXOW) -

Residents of La Crescent had an opportunity to raise awareness for bullying prevention today, in a unique way.

Twin Cities based non-profit, Project My Neighborhood, organizes large-scale nerf games in an effort to raise funds and awareness for bullying prevention.

Serving as an outlet for kids to learn about bullying and get some exercise, all while playing games with their friends.

Project My Neighborhood also utilizes specific messages to educate kids along the way.

Matt Nelson, co-founder of Project My Neighborhood, describes the five values they teach,

"We incorporate five messages about bullying: protect yourself, how you're not alone, overcoming adversity, the choices we make, and the slippery slope of teasing versus bullying."

Besides the messages they teach, Project My Neighborhood also focuses on crafting new leaders in every neighborhood,

"One of our core values is team building and another is inclusion, and so everybody is able to come together and have a great positive experience,"  

Nelson continues, "Really this is the fundamentals for building leadership, building great community leaders."

Project My Neighborhood's next event is in Galesville at Champions Riverside Resort on September 17.

People of all ages have the opportunity to help the non-profit break a world record on October 14, where Project My Neighborhood will attempt to break the world record for largest toy battle to raise funds and awareness for bullying prevention. 

The world record attempt will be located in the Blaine National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. 

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