In The News
"Spread the Word to End the Word" Day on March 5, 2014
PACER Center is proud to support Special Olympics and Best Buddies in celebrating "Spread the Word to End the Word" day which raises awareness about the hurtfulness of the r-word. PACER’s “Peer Advocacy” program offers resources to protect students with disabilities from being bullied.
Fashion Show Rewards PACER Teen
Students have the power to create change in their communities to prevent bullying, but they aren’t always recognized for their hard work. On February 24th, however, at the “Green Lights Against Bullying” fashion show in New York, one young woman will be recognized for her work to prevent bullying in her school, community, and around the country. Christina Wagner, co-chair of PACER’s Faces of Change student group, will be awarded a college scholarship in recognition of her amazing national efforts to help keep students safe from bullying.
Christina was chosen as the recipient of this award because of her incredible story of enduring and ultimately overcoming being bullied. One of the organizers of the event, Rick Galvin, said that they were all very moved by Christina’s story. “We respect Christina for overcoming it [bullying] and turning this negative into a positive and helping her peers. We knew we had to help so she can continue to grow and help others.” Christina writes, “This event couldn’t mean more to me. Thanks to PACER, I have finally taken my voice back, after being silenced for so long, and to be honored for that is truly amazing. I’m so grateful for the financial help with college, that means so much to me and my family. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of an amazing thing like bullying prevention. It’s truly inspiring to know how many people really do care.”
The event, hosted by Saboroma, will feature singer Meredith O’Connor performing her new song “Just the Thing” and includes a fashion show, silent auction, and live jazz band. Learn more about the event.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center wishes to extend our congratulations to Christina for this honor and express our gratitude to Saboroma and Meredith O’Connor for their support of bullying prevention.
Hunter Hayes Sends a Message to Targets of Bullying from the Grammy
Music has the potential to send powerful messages, bring people together, and lift people up. Hunter Hayes did all of these things with the debut performance of his brand new single “Invisible” at the 2014 Grammy Awards. The song captures the emotions of bullied students who feel isolated and reminds them that they are not alone. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center wishes to applaud Hunter’s efforts in reaching out to targets of bullying, and to congratulate him on the release of a powerful new song. You can watch Hunter’s performance at the Grammys here.
FlagHouse, Inc., and PACER Announce Partnership in Support of Bullying Awareness
FlagHouse, Inc. – a premier global supplier of equipment and resources for physical education, sports, fitness and recreation, as well as special needs and special education – has announced a partnership with PACER Center in support of bullying prevention and awareness for all children including those with disabilities. Together the two organizations plan to help reduce and prevent bullying through a combination of educational materials, events, activities, and games, plus specially-designed equipment that fosters teamwork and encourages children to cooperate and play together. Learn more
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.
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