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Get Involved! - “The End of Bullying Begins With Me”

Bullying touches so many lives and it often inspires the generous spirit in people who want to make a difference, support the cause, and change something that has happened to too many for too long. Every day students, parents, schools, and community members ask us, “What can I do to help?” Every contribution—whether it’s hosting a community event, standing up for someone, or giving a donation to an organization that addresses bullying—makes a difference and changes lives. In addition to individuals around the world sharing information about PACER resources, we receive heartfelt contributions of as little as five dollars from California to Maine, from Argentina to Norway and all around the globe, from donors ages 5 to 90. There are many opportunities to take action as an individual or at your school or community using these resources from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.


Creative Fundraising Stories

Student Action

Read the profiles of students who have a goal to address bullying by creatively developing solutions, taking action, and making a difference.

Supporter Resources

Thank you to the individuals, organizations and groups that provide a percentage of their profits to financial support PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.

Schools Taking Action

Celebrate schools who are creating safe and supportive classroom environments through engaging students to address and prevent bullying.

Inspired Fundraising Stories

Read about individuals who have creatively contributed their time, talent and energy to the cause.


Fundraising Ideas

You are asking and PACER is listening! PACER recognizes and values the generosity of people who make a personal and meaningful contribution to the cause. It is in that spirit that we share a few creative fundraising ideas that have come from students, organizations, and schools – along with a few of our own.

Remember, when you hold a fundraiser, be sure to let people know that the proceeds from your activity are being donated to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Sales

  • Orange ribbons — Orange is the color of bullying prevention. We encourage you to wear orange during National Bullying Prevention Month in October and beyond. One easy way to do this is to create orange ribbons. Visit your local fabric store, buy a spool of orange ribbon, and cut it into 18-inch strips, or simply use orange construction paper.
  • Oranges — Ask your local grocer to  donate (or discount) oranges and offer them to supporters in return for a donation.
  • Wristbands — Purchase orange silicon wristbands, customize them with ‘TeensAgainstBullying.org,’ ‘The End of Bullying Begins With Me,’ or ‘I Care About Bullying Prevention.’ Sell them at school events.
  • Orange swag — Purchase inexpensive orange items, such as shirts, basketballs, hats, socks or shoelaces. Encourage everyone to purchase, along with extra donation to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
  • Temporary Tattoos — Purchase tattoos, that can be adhered (and easily removed), which reflect themes of diversity, acceptance, and kindness.

Contests

  • School T-shirt — Hold a T-shirt design contest. Ask people to vote for the winning design. Create an order form. Set the price for more than the cost of the shirts. Encourage people to preorder. When there are several orders, get the shirts printed. If there are extra T-shirts, sell them for a profit, and contribute the proceeds.
  • Unity Posters — Hold a contest to create UNITY posters. Request a small contribution from each participant and ask local businesses to donate prizes. The poster could include artwork, poetry, writing, or a combination of all three. Have a committee select the top three and award the prizes.

Community

  • Unity Banner — Create a huge banner with the word UNITY as the central theme. Ask everyone to make a voluntary contribution to sign the banner, define what unity means to them, or make a suggestion about ways to unite as a school or organization.
  • Pajama Day — Sell tickets for the right to wear pajamas to school one day.

Raffles

  • Orange shoe raffle — Ask a local running store to donate a pair of orange athletic shoes. The shoes can be symbolic, representing a $50 or $100 gift certificate, and tickets can be raffled for $1 to $5 using the slogan “Will you take the first step to prevent bullying?”

Events

  • Birthday party — It’s your birthday but instead of having guests bring presents, ask them to make a donation to the National Bullying Prevention Center.
  • Concert — Hold a concert (vocal or band) and charge admission or ask guests to donate to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
  • 3-on-3 basketball tournament — Host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and contribute the proceeds.
  • Kick ball tournament — Stage a fun, engaging kick ball tournament and donate the entrance fees.
  • Sporting event – Ask your school if you can dedicate a home game to bullying prevention. Sell orange T-shirts to have an “orange out” at the game, and donate the proceeds to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Have fans sign a banner at the game to show their support for bullying prevention. Ask team members to wear orange armbands, socks, or even use an orange ball. Be sure to make an announcement at the game! Here’s a great example.

 

Want to do more?

Request this free, colorful, and informative 8 Ĺ x 11 (2-sided) flyer that outlines the creative resources, outreach activities, and opportunities available from PACERís National Bullying Prevention Center. Distribute at your local event, activity, or fundraiser. To order, email bullying411@pacer.org; provide your name, organization, address, information on the event/activity/fundraiser where youíll be using them, and the quantity being requested.


I Care Because . . .” — Share your thoughts about bullying prevention.

Sign the Petition — One out of every three students will be bullied this year. This might be happening to someone you know and care about. Unite with others, show that you care, and add your voice to the online petition.

StoriesSubmit a video, story, poem, artwork, or audio clip expressing how you feel about bullying, how you think it affects students and schools, what you have done to prevent bullying, or what others can do to prevent bullying. We want to hear from everyone—teens, parents, teachers, and others with great ideas who want to improve the world.

National Bullying Prevention Month — This month unites communities nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention. Held in October, the event has been expanded to include activities, education and awareness building.

Community Events — Hold a special event to show your school or organization cares about this important issue. The event can include music, giveaways, special speakers, petition signings and more, as people unite to join the movement against bullying.

Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying — Raise awareness of bullying prevention in your community with a live event. Find a location, gather sponsors, invite participants and hold the event. Consider planning activities for after the race, such as speakers, drawings and more.

Donate — Donating to the cause is a great way to share you care. Your contribution can mean one less student being bullied, one more student speaking out, or one more student knowing that someone cares. 


Ideas for the Classroom

Schools and Community (click to expand)

Bookmarks—Promote bullying prevention in your school year round, by giving each student a special bookmark.

“Champions Against Bullying”—Show your support and sign on as a champion. Share what is happening in your community, school or organization to address bullying.

Coloring Book—Download this free coloring book, which features the cast of Kids Against Bullying. Each page includes an important message about respecting others, valuing differences and being a friend.

Classroom Toolkits

KIDS AGAINST BULLYING pledge—After taking the pledge, students can download their own certificate.

Peer Advocacy—Students speaking out on the behalf of other students—is a unique approach that empowers students to protect those targeted by bullying. This approach has been used successfully in pairing general education students with special education students.

Stick Puppet Role Plays—Create stick puppets of the cast from Kids Against Bullying and engage in three interactive role plays. Follow up with the discussion questions provided.

Video and Discussion—Watch four videos created by teens about bullying prevention, and then follow up by discussing these questions with your friends or family: What is the bullying situation? Who was involved in the bullying? What were their roles? How could this situation have been resolved more positively? Think of other questions you can ask to encourage even more discussion.

PACER Puppets—Child-sized puppets that are entertaining as well as educational. PACER offers two shows, COUNT ME IN®, designed to educate K-3rd graders about social inclusion, and KIDS AGAINST BULLYING, created to educate students about options to respond to bullying.

Middle and High School Students (click to expand)

Become a Peer Champion—Meet some teens who are taking action and changing the world. Share your own story by e-mailing bullying411@pacer.org.

Teens Against Bullying website—Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.        

ACT Section of TAB—Resources and ideas designed for students to reach out to other students through creative bullying prevention education. The section includes role plays, contest ideas, stories from other teens and much more!

Elementary School Students (click to expand)

Become a Peer Champion—Meet some teens who are taking action and changing the world. Share your own story by e-mailing bullying411@pacer.org.

Coloring Book—Download this free coloring book, which features the cast of Kids Against Bullying. Each page includes an important message about respecting others, valuing differences and being a friend.

Kids Against Bullying—An interactive website featuring a cast of 12 animated characters who help students understand bullying prevention.

KIDS AGAINST BULLYING pledge—After taking the pledge, students can download their own certificate.

Create a Poster —Have you ever been bullied? Have you seen bullying? What happened? How did you feel? We want to hear about it! Send us your story, poem, artwork or video on the topic.

  • View entries under KidsAgainstBullying.org > Contests > AndtheWinnersAre

Choose Orange

wrist band

“Choose Orange” and make a choice to prevent bullying through kindness, compassion and positivity. The Choose Orange campaign features bullying prevention-themed snap wrist bands – which you can use to raise awareness and to raise money for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and your school. Find out more