Tullis heading to Hungary next week

The Marshalltown Not In Our Town anti-bullying initiative has received national attention over the past couple of years. A trip by a local school leader will take the message from Marshalltown internationally.

Matt Tullis, director of equity with Marshalltown schools and a leader in the NIOT coalition, will travel to Hungary next went to spread the message of the work being done locally.

Tullis will speak at a tolerance festival Nov. 16 in the western Hungarian town of Szombathely.

The National NIOT group picked Marshalltown to send a representative since it is doing many proactive things to decrease bullying.

“I want to tell our story, which is unique,” Tullis said. “Marshalltown is the one of a few taking a proactive stance against bullying and not waiting for a tragedy to happen.”

Tullis said he was honored to be asked to go to Hungary.

“It will be an adventure,” he said. “I’m definitely humbled to represent Marshalltown and they are very excited to have me there.”

The organizers of this festival in Hungary are looking to quell issues with racial discrimination in the country. Tullis said they will show the anti-bullying movie “Light in the Darkness” and have a discussion following the film at this festival.

Tullis is also heavily involved in the Sister Cities program in Marshalltown and is looking to make connections in Hungary to see if there are partnerships to be fostered.

“We’ve had an interest in that area of the world,” he said.