SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Being a buddy and not a bully. Runners and walkers took to the streets Saturday morning for the 2nd annual Anti-Bullying Back-To-School Road Race and Walk in honor of Carl Walker-Hoover Jr.
The team from ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition brought the Walker family back one day early for the walk before the reveal of their new home.
“When you see this collective group of community coming together you know different backgrounds different cultures you know different races you know from the city to suburbs its really overwhelming,” said Sirdeaner Walker.
The Walker family joined more than a thousand people including the designers from the hit ABC show and Boston Celtic Ray Allen.
“This is awesome. We are so excited to be here,” said Michael Moloney, designer Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
“This message really just speaks to everyone this week, so we are very impressed with Springfield and this entire community. I’m excited to bring the Walker family here and show them what we accomplished this week,” said Tracy Hutson, designer Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
The show is also hoping to get people around the country to pledge to “Stand Together Against Bullying.”
The Commerce High School football team took the pledge and the walk.
“We try to do it off the field and on the field in the school, but we can’t bring everyone together it’s a slow process but we are trying,” said Hassan Graham, Captain Commerce football team.
Sirdeaner Walker said the events of this past week are strengthening her ability to spread the word to end bullying.
“You want to reach people so that they can in turn talk to their senators and their representatives and say hey you need to sponsor you need to sign onto the Safe Schools Improvement Act,” said Walker.
Money raised from the event goes towards scholarships given in Carls name.
You can help the cause by taking the pledge to “Stand Together” against bullying by logging onto : www.standtogether.tv