Michigan AG Schuette debuts new OK2SAY initiative

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette unveiled a new OK2SAY feature on Thursday: student ambassadors. Students can make a pledge online to spread word of the program to other students.

WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- More than 3,000 OK2SAY tips have been submitted already this year. The four-year-old program has seen a drastic increase in use this year, and now it's taking another step.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette visited Mackinaw Trail Middle School in Cadillac on Thursday to talk to students about OK2SAY and unveil a new feature of his department's program: student ambassadors.

The goal is to is to raise awareness about OK2SAY's tools by having students themselves become ambassadors and spread word to their peers.

"I think people need to learn a lot more about it," said Hadley Hilt, a sixth grader at Mackinaw Trail. "I think it would be a great program and I would definitely be interested in it. I think that more kids need to learn about it and that would definitely help."

Students can pledge to become ambassadors on the OK2SAY website, and also discover activities and methods to help them share the program to others.

"We have student government and student leadership clubs and leadership classes, so I know we have the capacity for our students for our students to lead various initiatives," said Cadillac Area Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Brown. "OK2SAY is a program they're familiar with, but to arm them with more tools and more communication mechanisms I think will enhance the program."

Schuette says he's spoken to governors of other states about creating programs similar to OK2SAY. He says that Florida plans to debut a similar program this fall.

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