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Disney’s Friends for Change Partners with PACER’s NBPC
PACER Teens Speak Out Against Bullying
Christina Wagner, co-chair of PACER’s Faces of Change student group, and Hayley Reardon, featured artist on www.pacer.org/bullying, both participated in Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s second bullying prevention summit on November 4. In front of a crowd of over 1,000 students, parents and educators, Christina, Hayley, and other high school students from around the country spoke about their experiences with bullying. The theme of the conference was “Mission Possible: Stepping Up the Response” and Christina encouraged her fellow students to use their power and leadership schools to help prevent bullying in their schools. Read more.
Spookley the Square Pumpkin Featured in Modern Farmer
Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the official Spokes-Pumpkin of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, has been a hit in his book and movie, but did you know that he can also be found at farms all over the world? 120 farms in the US, Canada, England, and Ireland rely on Spookley to help them teach kids about agriculture and acceptance. Check out www.spookleyfarmprogram.com to find a participating farm in your area!
Can Kids Teach Other Kids Not to Bully?
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center’s new program, “The We Will Generation” is featured in “Ellen’s Good News” section of Yahoo! Shine in an article titled “Can Kids Teach Other Kids Not to Bully?” “It’s so much more impactful when peers talk to each other about this issue and give each other support,” Hertzog tells Yahoo Shine. “We hear from hundreds of students, and a common theme from those who witness the bullying is, ‘What can I do?,’ and those who are bullied say, ‘I feel so alone.’” Read full article
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, Thanks to the Little Organization that Could and Did
In the year 1977, Jimmy Carter was President, Elvis Presley died, the Yankees won the World Series, the neutron bomb was developed, and PACER was founded by a small group of Minnesota-based parents concerned with improving the lives of children, many with disabilities. The PACER timeline is meteoric in the world of non-profits. Between 1979, teaching kids about inclusion with their Count Me In puppet show, to 2006 with the launch of PACER Kids Against Bullying, an interactive Web site to help children deal with and prevent bullying, there were plenty of milestones that could have foretold their success, but it was the Internet that pushed both the mission and the message of bully prevention into the international spotlight. Read full blog from “2Late4TimeOut”
Ohio Buckeyes Fans Rally Around Bullied Fan
While attending a Ohio State football game versus Iowa, a young fan named Cameron was thrilled to see himself up on the giant scoreboard cheering enthusiastically for his favorite team. Little did Cameron know that his intense cheering would result in fame. After hearing how Cameron’s family moved back to Ohio after Cameron was severely bullied at school, Buckeyes fans rallied around him to show their support. In honor of Cameron, Ohio State fans have started donating to bullying prevention causes, such as PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. When his mom asked him what he would do if he was famous, Cameron said he would help kids. And now he is doing just that. Cameron’s story, and his strength, have inspired many — especially those cheering for the Buckeyes. Read the full story here.
Major News Organization covers PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month
“Huffington Post” blogger Cathy Chester shared the sad but true stories in her Oct. 7 post about two young children who were the targets of bullying, and chronicled PACER’s efforts during National Bullying Prevention Month to ensure that all children can be safe. The influential website is one of many national news organizations that have covered PACER’s efforts to raise awareness for bullying prevention throughout October, including the “New York Times,” “USA Today,” ABC News, and dozens of local TV newscasts across the country. Read more
Pittsburgh Junior Times Shines the Spotlight on National Bullying Prevention Month
Pittsburgh Junior Times encourages readers to take part in PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month participate by wearing orange on Unity Day, participating in school-wide activities, or visiting PACER’s websites. Pittsburgh Junior Times also urges its young readers to use their social influence for good, to help prevent bullying and encourage others to do the same. Read more.
The Green Giant and Blue Earth Go Orange
On October 9th, the 55-foot tall statue of the Green Giant in Blue Earth, MN wore a brand new orange toga in honor of Unity Day. The mayor of Blue Earth showed his support for bullying prevention by issuing an official proclamation that renamed the city “Orange Earth” for the day. PACER and Green Giant staff, community members, and student leaders from local schools all celebrated Unity Day by gathering together to unveil the Green Giant’s new outfit and the official proclamation. Read more.
Maryland Sixth Graders Embrace Unity Day with Gusto
After reading about Unity Day in a Time For Kids Magazine article, Cindy Maldonado decided her sixth grade class at Rosa Park Elementary School in Hyattsville, MD, needed to get involved. Soon word about Unity Day had spread, and the whole school — students, teachers, and even custodians — went orange on October 9th. Schools across the country united in orange to let everyone affected by bulling know that they aren’t alone. Read the full story here.
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