March 30, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michele St. Martin
National Bullying Prevention Month, 10th Anniversary Planned
Minneapolis: Much can occur in a decade, and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center proves it. Over the past 10 years, the Center’s National Bullying Prevention Month campaign grew from a small week-long event to a worldwide effort with multiple activities and products throughout October. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations, and celebrities.
“From the campaign’s beginning, celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres and Demi Lovato and organizations such as the National PTA and National Education Association have publicly supported PACER’s bullying prevention efforts,” said Paula F. Goldberg, executive director of PACER Center.
There are many ways schools and community members can get involved this October for the 10-year anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month:
- Wear orange: People can send a message of unity and support by wearing orange items, such as a T-shirt, socks, hat, tie, wristband, or shoelaces.
- Celebrate Unity Day: Students, teachers, and community members will wear orange and send a united message of support on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 19. This is the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – to send one large orange message of support, hope, and unity.
- Hold events and activities: Communities around the country mark National Bullying Prevention Month through creative events and initiatives. There are many resources, including classroom toolkits, free bookmarks, posters, and awareness-raising ideas available at PACER.org/Bullying.
“October is a time when educators, students, parents, and community members can unite to share their support for the important issue of bullying prevention,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “Together, we can make our schools and communities safer.”
About PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center: Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, actively leads social change, so that bullying is no longer considered an accepted childhood rite of passage. PACER offers tools to address bullying in schools, the community, and online. For more information, visit PACER.org/bullying or call (952) 838-9000 or (888) 248-0822 (national toll free).