The Bulldog Project at Tracy High School honored Tracy Unified School District Superintendent Dr. James Franco during a plaque presentation on the basketball court Friday during halftime of the Tracy-Bear Creek varsity boys basketball game.
The Bulldog Project is a student-led effort to end bullying in schools. Tracy High senior Jeff Takahashi, founder of the project, said Franco has inspired him and the other 60 students involved.
“The school has been behind me 100 percent of the way. James Franco has really been helping me out,” Takahashi said.
He added that Franco was the reason the project had moved beyond Tracy High to visit middle schools and encourage similar efforts at West and Kimball high schools.
“I think it’s been a unifying force for the athletes and seniors who wanted a community service project,” Franco said. “As long as you have the role models and leaders and they’re doing things for all students, it will be a hot program to replicate.”
The Bulldog Project has raised about $44,000 for the school, including the sale of advertisements in the rebuilt Wayne Schneider Stadium and sponsorships from Tracy Honda and Tracy Mazda. About $30,000 of that money paid for new scoreboards in Bill Swenson Gymnasium.
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