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Invite your students to be part of the solution for a chance for rewards and recognition!
This simple, authentic animated video series was created from student drawings and writing, which poignantly provides insight into how painful bullying can feel, but also touchingly shows that kids want it to stop and want to be part of the solution.
How it works...
Step 1. Watch the video(s), then hold a classroom discussion using the suggested questions, which are provided with each video.
Step 2. Using the entry form, encourage students to write poetry or stories, create a drawing, or design a graphic (or even film a video) responding to the themes portrayed in the videos including, but not limited to:
- Sharing what it means to be together against bullying
- Describing how to be kind, supportive, and helpful to other students
- Ways to help others feel like they belong and know that they aren’t alone
- How to celebrate the differences that makes each person unique.
Step 3. The images and writing can be scanned and emailed to bullying411@PACER.org (videos accepted too) or mailed to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd. Bloomington, MN 55437.
Receive awards and recognition
Four classrooms will be awarded LilGadget headphones for every student along with a pizza party! Additional awards include: books, DuckTape rolls and medals!
Entries accepted through January 31, 2017. In February 2017, the gallery of submissions will be reviewed by a panel consisting of actors, authors and others. Selected submissions will receive awards and students will have their work recognized on PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center website and social media.
United For Inclusion
Most kids want bullying to stop. They don’t like what is happening to their classmates, but aren’t sure what they can do. Watch the video and hold a classroom discussion using the suggested questions.
United For Acceptance
Bullying often makes kids feel left out, isolated and alone. Help change that by letting them know you care. Watch the video and hold a classroom discussion using the suggested questions.
United For Kindness
Friends and classmates can provide support and hope for those who are being bullied. Watch the video and hold a classroom discussion using the suggested questions.
Together Against Bullying
Bullying has hurt too many people in this world. Your voice is important in preventing the hurt and harm that has happened to so many for too long. Watch the video and hold a classroom discussion using the suggested questions.
Four classrooms will be awarded LilGadgets headphones for every student along with a pizza party (value up to $500) for their entire class.
LilGadgets Untangled Pro Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
The first Bluetooth headphones designed specifically for children. High quality adult audio drivers that are volume limited so you get high quality sound at safer listening levels. Includes a built in SharePort so you can connect several together on a single device, sharing the audio between listeners. Retail value, $49.
Special thanks to LilGadgets!
LilGadgets Headphones are designed to create the best experience for kids. With comfort, safety, premium materials, and high quality audio incorporated into each pair, you can rest assured there's nothing better on the market for young people. Also, we integrate our SharePort in each set of headphones so that the child can easily share what he or she is listening to with those around.
Connect. Share. Love. That is the driving theme we follow when building both our headphones and our business. And that is why we believe in supporting causes like bullying awareness. Our kids spend much of their time at school so we need to make it as safe and comfortable as possible. The safer the environment, the more we can see their little minds flourish and their hearts grow.
Selected classroom and individuals, as determined by the celebrity panel will also be eligible to receive the following:
- UNITY Medals featuring engraving with PACER’s logo and the word UNITY, complete with an orange ribbon. Reverse side reads “United for Kindness, Inclusion and Acceptance.”
- Colorful rolls of Duck Tape to be used for art projects. Donated by ShurTech.
- Book titles from Simon and Schuster from authors:
- Maya Penn
- Margarita Engle
- Tim Federle
- Laurie Halse Anderson
- Sharon Draper
- James Howe
Panel of Judges
Sara is a Tony Award© winner best known to viewers for the past 10 years as orthopedic surgeon Dr. Callie Torres on ABC’s top-rated television drama Grey’s Anatomy. Prior to Grey’s Anatomy, Ramirez was seen in the Broadway smash-hit Monty Python’s Spamalot as Lady of the Lake, for which she earned both a Tony Award© for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and an Outer Critics Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. Most recently, Sara co-hosted and performed at TED TALKS LIVE NYC on PBS, and is producing two films: "Loserville" (in partnership with the PACER’s NBPC) and "Sylvia and Marsha" (a documentary by award winning filmmaker David France of How to Survive a Plague about Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson). In 2015, Sara was awarded the Ally For Equality Award by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON
Laurie is a New York Times bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also received the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was chosen for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Pennsylvania, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes.
SARAH JES AUSTEL
Sarah makes her feature film debut starring as Mary Mercer in Loserville . Her stage appearances include the World Premiere of Fist in Mouth at Cherry Lane Studio Theater; the West Coast Premiere of Jason Chimonides' play The Optimist at Elephant Stages, as well as The Birds with One Year Lease Theater Company in the mountains of Papingo, Greece. Her other theatre credits include: The Cherry Orchard (Director: Bob Moss) and Friend of the Devil (Director: Laura Braza). Sarah Jes received her training at The NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Johnathan made his film debut in 1996's Jerry Maguire as the son of Renée Zellweger's character. He subsequently appeared on “The Single Guy,” and “The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” as well as episodes of “Dawson's Creek” and the sitcom “Meego.” He then starred in the film Stuart Little, playing a boy whose family adopts a talking mouse, a role he reprised in the film's sequel. Lipnicki also played the lead role in the film, The Little Vampire and starred opposite Li’l Bow Wow in the film Like Mike, which was released two weeks before Stuart Little 2. He also recently appeared on the comedy “Motherlover” on the YOMYOMF Network as well as “Interns of Field” for Screen Junkies Plus. Currently he can be seen in the film Loserville as Franklin Hope and upcoming projects include Altitude which he also serves as executive producer.
- Send artwork, photographs, graphics, poems, videos or stories to bullying411@PACER.org.
- Entries will be accepted from October 1, 2016, through January 31, 2017 (Note: extended from original December 31, 2016 date).
- Anyone can participate! Classroom contributions (as an entire class or individually) are encouraged, but individual students can also send in their submissions!
- Students in K-12 are eligible to participate.
- The celebrity panel will review and determine the submissions to feature on PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center website and social media.
- Awards and recognition will be given. Those selected will be notified by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.
- PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center maintains the right to share and post all artwork, stories, and images that are submitted.
Animation Production Team
Special thanks to college students Lewie and Noah Kloster, of Tall Glass With Ice Productions, the creative team behind the animation vision, execution and development for the four videos. This animation duo respects how animation felt before the digital age claimed king over the medium. Cardboard, construction paper, cotton balls, and magic markers fill their Minneapolis and NYC studios to their brims. Learn more at Tall Glass With Ice Productions