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Join In! Unity Day Challenge
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center teamed up with Bystander Revolution’s #MonthOfAction for a special Unity Day 2015 challenge: Join In! Individuals are challenged to invite someone who seems left out to join in on an activity – a game at recess, a study session, a meal with friends, a walk in the park, anything! All of these things can be really memorable to someone’s who been feeling isolated. Asking someone new to join in is a great way to unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion, a key message of Unity Day! Learn more about the challenge and Bystander Revolution’s #MonthofAction here.
Community to color the coast orange in support of Unity Day
Communities across Walton and Okaloosa Counties in Florida are joining together to celebrate Unity Day, Oct. 21. Kellyanne Bartleson, founder and creator of online family resource guide EmeraldCoastKids.org started an event to encourage students and community members to “Color the Coast Orange” on Unity Day. Kellyanne also requested and received a proclamation from Florida Governor Scott declaring October as National Bullying Prevention Month when students, schools and communities come together to raise awareness against bullying. Read this Walton Sun article to learn more about this event and for unique ideas to celebrate Unity Day.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
StopBullying.gov featured a story about the history of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month and Unity Day on its Stopbullying Blog. “National Bullying Prevention Month has grown more than we could have ever expected,” said Paula Goldberg, PACER’s executive director. “In less than 10 years, PACER has helped to create a bullying prevention movement with millions of individuals across the globe.” Read more>>>
You are Braver, Stronger and Smarter Than You Think
Have you ever felt like the whispers, giggles, note passing, and looks were directed at you or someone you care about? Imagine if all that attention was channeled into positive action. Disney is supporting PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in hopes of inspiring social change among young people everywhere.
The Power of Unity: Communities Connect to Prevent Bullying
Treetop Commons shared information about Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 21, in its Noble Hour blog. The post shares several ideas for students, schools, and communities to get involved, including wearing orange, posting on social media, creating banners, holding ribbon cutting events and school-wide discussions, and signing the online petition. Read more>>>
Babble.com asks, ‘What if your child is the one doing the bullying?’
That’s the question being addressed by PACER during National Bullying Prevention Month on Babble.com, the highly acclaimed online magazine and blog network published by the Walt Disney Company for parents. Seeing your child become the target of bullying can be heartbreaking, but what if your child is the one doing the bullying? In its monthly Babble post, PACER offers perspective and tips for parents whose children engage in bullying behavior. Read more.
Oregon teen channels painful bullying experience into advocacy
When Taryn was bullied for a short period of time, she didn’t let the painful experience bring her down. Instead, she rose up above the bullying and became an advocate in her school and community. Taryn recently submitted a proclamation to the Governor of Oregon to make October Bullying Prevention Month in the state, and it was signed. Way to go, Taryn!
Doctor Radio shares tips from National Bullying Prevention Center
PACER’s Julie Hertzog was the featured guest on About Our Kids, a show on Doctor Radio—Sirius/XM110 hosted by child psychologists from the New York University Child Study Center and New York University School of Medicine. During the half-hour segment, Julie shared information about PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and National Bullying Prevention Month, offered tips for parents to help address bullying, and answered questions from listeners.
National Bullying Prevention Center featured on Bloomington Today
PACER’s Jenna Hanson appeared on “Bloomington Today,” a local cable news show run by the City of Bloomington, Minn. In her interview, Jenna discussed the mission of PACER Center and the National Bullying Prevention Center. She also shared details about the Friends of PACER’s 6th Annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying event on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Mount Normandale Lake in Bloomington.
Kindness in Chalk
Sometimes the smallest gesture can make a huge difference in someone’s day. Nicki Brunner, who writes the MinneMama Adventures blog, was inspired by the smiles she saw on strangers faces in response to a sweet message from her 2-year old written in chalk on her sidewalk. She decided that the idea could contribute to making the schools in her community kinder, more accepting, and free from bullying. So on Friday, October 9th, she’s encouraging people around the country to write messages of love, peace, hope and acceptance in chalk at their school, park, home or community – all with the goal of bringing smiles to the faces of those who need it most. To share photos of your chalk creations or to find out more, visit http://www.minnemamaadventures.com/kindness-chalk/.
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