Student Action - “The End of Bullying Begins With Me”
West Morris Central in Chester, NJ is proud to have run a Project Orange unity day on Thursday, April 10, 2014, in support of bullying prevention. Students ran a “cyber act of kindness day” where kids pledged to commit an act of kindness via social media. In addition to the pledges, students and faculty showed their support to prevent bullying by wearing Orange. Leading up to the event some of our students made a Public Service advertisement for the local radio station which was played throughout the day for over two weeks! The day was a great success and more importantly a lot of fun for a great cause. Listen to the audio PSA.
Community Service from the Heart
The students of Law Explorer Post 629 in New Jersey chose bullying as the focus of their community service project this year. Their goal is to collect 220,000 paper hearts from across the country, lay all of these hearts out on a football field, and film the field from an airplane to capture the true visual impact of that many people showing their support for bullying prevention. Hear their stories and find out more in this video.
Raise a Letter
Thirteen-year old BrEnn vividly remembers witnessing a younger student being bullied and feeling powerless to stop it. BrEnn has always wish she’d acted in that situation, so now she’s created a campaign to raise awareness about bullying in her community and beyond. Her campaign, Raise a Letter, asks people to intentionally make themselves stand out by “raising” a letter in the middle of their name to celebrate something that makes them different. BrEnn chose to raise “E” because it stands for Empathy, a trait she likes about herself. BrEnn is demonstrating how the actions of young people can inspire a community to celebrate individuality and prevent bullying. Read more about BrEnn and Raise a Letter here.
Friendship is a Treat
When Sarah was born with multiple health issues, doctors weren’t optimistic. Through two foster homes, Sarah struggled with physical and emotional health issues. But when she was two years old, she found her forever family and her health began to improve. Now a teenager, Sarah has made amazing progress but still struggles to make friends. So along with her sisters, she came up with the idea to make 1000 new friends by sharing gumballs with strangers. Sarah and her family attend concerts, parades, and other events where she approaches individuals, shares her story, and asks if they want to become her “gumball friend.” In January 2014, she reached her goal of 1000 friends – and her uncle donated $1 for each friend to charity. Sarah is now on another mission, to make another 1000 friends and continue fundraising for causes she cares about. Sometimes friendship is as simple as sharing a treat, and Sarah has now touched over 1000 people with her story. Learn more about her story on her Facebook page.
When one of their friends was the target of bullies, 8th graders Nadia, Caelin, Josh, Brian and Carl, didn’t want to just sit by and watch it happen. They stood up for their friend and supported her when she was tormented both online and in school. The entire situation left them all angry and frustrated, so they decided to use that energy to do something good. They came up with the idea to sell wristbands during their school’s “No Name Calling Week” and donate the money that they raised to an organization that educates and tries to help prevent bullying. Their message? A simple “Bullying Hurts.” Read more.
Be a Friend, Bring a Friend, Make a Friend
For her 11th birthday party, Anistyn thought big…and kind! Anistyn held a Be a Friend, Bring a Friend, Make a Friend party, to which she invited everyone in her middle school for music, dancing, and food – all created by kids and teens! Anistyn remembers her mom telling her that for every one mean person, there are ten more that are nice. So Anistyn made the theme of her party: “When we stand together, no one stands alone.” About a new friend who has a disability, Anistyn writes, “No one was laughing at Estelle or making fun of her when she got on stage and sang along. We had fun helping her and being nice to her. This was one of my favorite parts of the entire night because I realized how fun it is to be friends with people who are different.” To top it all off, Anistyn gave up her birthday presents this year in order to donate to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. She and her friends raised over $1,300 to help kids who have been bullied! Read more.
No Bullying Today
My name is Scott Smith, I have Aspergers and I'm proud of it. It makes me special, as all kids are. Last year, when I was in Grade 5, I started an anti bullying club at Belfountain Public School. I also involved local businesses and the community. Sadly because of having Aspergers I would get bullied at school. Many other kids get bullied as well. I started the club to help all kids that were getting bullied. With the help of some of my classmates, my Principal, and my family we quickly had a website, and raised money to buy anti bullying t shirts. We sold 200 t shirts using to profits to bring in groups to the school and talk to us about bullying. The Club got a lot of attention, we have had inquiries from other Schools in Ontario, United States and even Australia.
Every student at Belfountain, signed a pledge not to bully making our School the only bully free school in Ontario.
Kids with Autism or Aspergers all have good ideas. You just have to make them happen!!
When she was 15, Sarah Ball was cyberbullied by several close friends. This experience caused a lot of emotional pain, but Sarah turned her pain into passion for helping others. She now travels the country speaking to groups of students, parents, and teachers about bullying and how to prevent it. She wants to make sure every student knows they are not alone and that they are strong. Read more.
Together We Can Be a Sign of Hope
When Jacob Law’s mom, Tina, heard that he wanted to get involved with Unity Day, she thought all she was going to do was buy him a t-shirt. But Jacob had a much bigger plan in mind. Jacob gathered a group of students at his high school in Delaware (Joe, Shannon, Cathryne, Vanessa, Delvin, and Steven) who were all passionate about bullying prevention and set about creating a community-wide Unity Day event. Soon the whole town was involved. From petitioning his school to allow the event to making ribbons to hand out at a football game to inviting local businesses to participate, Jacob’s efforts on Unity Day were truly inspirational. When Jacob delivered a speech after receiving a proclamation from the mayor declaring October 9th Unity Day for the entire city, he demonstrated the true spirit of Unity Day – bringing people together to end bullying. Read more.
Bullying Prevention Through Song and Dance
Irene Henderson of Eagan, MN knows what it feels like to be bullied. She knows how alone it can make someone feel. So with the help of her mom and her dance studio, Irene created a campaign to show others that they didn’t have to go through what she did alone. She gathered dancers and parents at her studio, decorated lavishly with orange, to share her story and invite everyone to sign a bullying prevention pledge. Read more.
Stop Bullying by Jhorielle
First-grader Jhorielle learned about bullying during a Town Hall meeting at her school. She immediately went home and drew a picture that invited her friends to sign up to stop bullying with her. With her mom’s help, she made a website to encourage other kids to stop bullying and started handing out pencils and stickers to spread her message. She says that she made the website because she “wants every child to know how to stop bullying and to learn how to be nice instead of being mean.” Read more.
"Keep Your Eyes Open" Bullying Prevention PSA
"Keep Your Eyes Open" is an bullying prevention PSA with a unique positive message. The video shows the bystander effect and how you can help others - and maybe even change the path for someone caught up in bullying behavior. At our school, Pima Elementary in Scottsdale, AZ, we recognize that many people are challenged by bullying everyday and sometimes they just need a little help. By being a better bystander, we can raise the expectations for behavior at school, in our community, and become positive influences for one another on a regular basis. Read more
Think Before You Type (TBYT)
Lauren and Victoria Coaxum are teen sisters and the co-founders of Think Before You Type (TBYT). They were inspired to start TBYT last summer after seeing a lot of cyberbullying on the internet, specifically on Twitter. The girls were bothered by the negative effect that it had on others, so they decided to do something about it. TBYT is an anti-cyberbullying and positive self-esteem campaign with hopes of becoming a nonprofit. Its mission is to raise awareness about cyberbullying, promote positive self-esteem, and encourage young people to use the internet for good. Read more
YORE Story — A documentary
“Yore Story” is a documentary that has been in the works for over a year now. The film was produced by Illinois State University students. It addresses the issue of bullying in schools and online, and the traumatic effects in can have on kids and their families, by remembering the tragic story of Jessica Yore. Jessica Yore was a local high school student from Waukegan, who chose to take her own life two years ago because she felt she had no other way out. Perhaps even just as tragic as her suicide itself, was how preventable it was, and the lack of reaction to it. This kind of cruelty should never be tolerated, and something like this should never have to happen to anyone else ever again. This documentary explores the issues of bullying by remembering a beautiful life. We will be premiering the documentary on Saturday, July 20th at 7pm. The location is Jack Benny Center for the Arts, located at 39 Jack Benny Dr. in Waukegan Il, 60085. $5 donations will be collected at the door and all proceeds will go towards “PACERs National Bullying Prevention Center.”
Kaitlyn K – Sharing Her Talents to Help Prevent Bullying!
Kaitlyn K wrote and produced the bullying prevention song ‘Who Do U Think U R?’, which her school made into a very successful a lip-dub video of the same name. The video has received national and international recognition. Read more
University of Minnesota students launch
“Day of Silence” created by 10-year-old
Gerry Orz, the founder of the non-profit organization Kids Resource, held a “Day of Silence” on 12/12/12, to show support for all of those who are being bullied. Read more
Texas Students Launch Campaign to Spread Bullying Prevention Message
Kailey Hensley and Courtney Myre, members of the FCCLA chapter of Winnsboro, have developed a bullying prevention campaign to spread the word about the effects bullying can have, and what anyone can do to prevent it. Kailey and Courtney told PACER that “they’re not just talking the talk though! They have developed a project that gets their classmates and entire community involved in putting an end to bullying!” Read more
Third Grade Students Create an Original Music Video with a Positive Message
The third graders at People for People Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania began discussing bullying prevention on the very first day of school. We decided in September to create a song about bullying, after school administration presented the entire student body with an entrepreneurship challenge to develop a business plan. The third grade team joined forces and began discussing ideas for a plan that would not only be a learning experience for our classes, but also very fun! Read More
Students Create An Original LipDub Video "Who Do U Think U R?"
Over 1000 students from Cypress Ranch High School in Houston, Texas joined to create an original music video designed by students for other students. The video is making a difference to students all over the world. Read More
One YouTube viewer of the video shares "I really don't get why this song isn't a Billboard No. 1 hit by now - and, in fact, why this video hasn't got millions of views. I mean, South Park spoofed it (entirely sympathetically, which is rare for Trey and Matt!), so I can't understand why millions of people haven't done exactly what I did... searched the video, prepared to mock it, but then totally fallen in love with it instead! The production's cool, but the music and lyrics are easily as good as anything in the Top 10 today. GJ, guys!
Students at Sycamore Junior High in Ohio Stand Against Bullying in Making the NEVER EVER Music Video
An innovative music video launched March 2012 with the goal of inspiring students to courageously help kids who are bullied. The new video—features Keenan West's original song, "Never Ever," a celebration of kids who promote kindness and respect and lend a hand to students who are bullied—will become part of a nationwide campaign led by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.
The video was cast with more than 40 kids from the Sycamore Junior High’s drama club in Montgomery, Ohio “We’re trying to teach kids that teasing, exclusion, and intolerance don’t have to be rites of passage through adolescence,” says Principal Karen Naber. “When we empower kids to embrace differences and stand up for one another, we believe they will choose respect and kindness as their rites of passage instead.” Read more
Voice of Students Was Heard at the Minnesota State Capitol Students Demanding Change Rally Draws Media Attention
The voice of Minnesota students was heard at the State Capitol in St. Paul as more than 100 teens wearing orange rallied to support stronger bullying prevention legislation. Organized by Students Demanding Change, with the support of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the rally generated substantial media coverage. There were multiple television news reports on the Minneapolis-St. Paul affiliates of ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as stories on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and in the Minneapolis “Star-Tribune” newspaper. Read More