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Press Release

September 1, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         
Contact: Julie Holmquist
[email protected]
952-838-9000, National toll-free 888-248-0822

October is PACER's National Bullying Prevention Month

Join the movement with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

MINNEAPOLIS: PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has many exciting ways for individuals and communities nationwide to join the movement during National Bullying Prevention Month in October, which PACER originated in 2006.

While the major events are the Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Oct. 1; Unity Day on Oct. 12; and Unity Dance Day on Oct. 26, people can also find many other ways to share the bullying prevention message by visiting PACER.org/bullying.

“The culture of bullying won’t end until people across the country take action and show children and teens that they care,” says Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors the month. “This is a very real and painful issue that kids are facing,” Hertzog says. “But they don’t have to face it alone, and bullying can be prevented if we all work together to change the culture.”

Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying
PACER will host the second annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Oct. 1 in Minneapolis. Outside Minnesota, individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations can host a Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying event in their communities using PACER’s free toolkit, available at PACER.org/bullying. The toolkit shows how to plan a Run, Walk, Roll and includes tips, ideas, and resources.

Unity Day: “Make It Orange and Make It End” 
“Make it Orange and Make it End” and unite against bullying on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 12. That’s the day everyone can wear orange and link together—in schools, communities and online—to send a message of support to students who have experienced bullying. Students can unite against bullying on Unity Day by wearing the color orange, using the resources on PACER.org/bullying, handing out orange “UNITY” ribbons at school, or writing the word “UNITY” on their hands or binders. Facebook is partnering with PACER by posting information about Unity Day and other PACER activities on its safety, educator, and privacy pages during October.

Unity Dance Day
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, people everywhere can come together in song and dance to raise awareness for bullying prevention by organizing a Unity Dance Day. Schools and community organizations can find everything they need to plan a Unity Dance Day in PACER’s online toolkit. The toolkit includes the designated song for the dance, the choreographed dance moves, and additional materials and resources. It will be available in September at PACER.org/bullying.

Organizations and individuals can also take an active role during National Bullying Prevention Month by visiting PACER.org/bullying and choosing to be Partners or Champions during National Bullying Prevention Month or signing the digital petition pledging, “The End of Bullying Begins with Me.”

National partners of the month include the National Education Association and the American Federation for Teachers.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides creative and interactive resources that are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities. It offers educators, students, families and individuals the tools they need to address bullying in schools, recreational programs or community organizations. For more information, visit PACER.org/bullying or call 952-838-9000.

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About PACER Center: Based in Minnesota, PACER Center is a national parent center serving all youth, with a special emphasis on children with disabilities. Learn more at PACER.org or call 952-838-9000; 888-248-0822 (national toll free). Paula F. Goldberg is the Executive Director of PACER Center.