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Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

About Unity Day

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Individuals across the nation, and even world-wide, can participate in Unity Day.

Wear Orange: Make a statement!

ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “When hundreds of individuals in a school or organization wear orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the unified message to kids to know that they are not alone.”

Ways to talk about “Why I’m Wearing Orange” | Print the stickers

Order the exclusive orange "Create a World Without Bullying" tshirt

Share Orange: Color our online world with orange!

  • Change your social media profiles on Facebook and Instagram
  • Tag your social media photos using #UnityDay2017
  • Share your pictures to the Facebook event page
  • Share this page with friends using the social media icons

“More than one of every five school-aged children report being bullied,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors Unity Day and founded National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006. “It’s important these students know they are not alone and that they have the right to feel safe. By joining together and wearing ORANGE on Unity Day, we can send the unified message that we care about student’s physical and emotional health and that bullying will no longer be accepted in this society.”

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Promote

Show your support of Unity Day through encouraging everyone to get involved! Whether it’s displaying a poster, or sharing the message through social media, the goal is to color the nation orange!

Download, Print and Share the Flyer

Inform your school, organization or community about UNITY DAY with this free, colorful 8 ½ x 11 handout. Download, print and share. Open the PDF here >>>

Order a Free Poster or Print as a Handout

Order a 24 x 36 UNITY poster to display in your school, home, or community.

Orders for 2018 Unity Poster to open early September!Order information >>>

Print an 8 ½ x 11 version of the poster. Download the Spanish PDF >>>

The poster is also available in Spanish. Download the Spanish poster >>>

Together Against Bullying Facebook Frame

Change Your Profile Images

Go orange on social media! Add the National Bullying Prevention Center Facebook frame to your Facebook profile or add an orange tint to your Instagram profile to show your friends that you support National Bullying Prevention Month. Learn How

Create a world without bullying T-shirt

Order your official orange T-shirt!

This one-of-a-kind shirt is only available during September and October 2017. Proceeds will benefit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center so that we can continue to prevent bullying and promote kindness, inclusion, and acceptance in our schools, communities, and the world! #orangetogether

Order your T-shirt today

Share the Orange

Download these images and share through your web and social media pages.

Download - Go Orange In Your School

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“Attend” and “Share” the UNITY DAY Facebook Event with family and friends.

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Display a Banner

Go big with a Unity Day Banner: “Together Against Bullying — United for Kindness, Acceptance, and Inclusion” banners are a great way for students at your school or event to make a powerful visual statement of support on Unity Day. A 6 foot x 3 foot vinyl banner is approximately $100. Order from a local printer.

Ideas

Project Connect

Create a visual UNITY statement! In Project Connect, students can write a message on an ORANGE strip of paper. The paper links are then connected to create one long chain which visually represents uniting for a common cause.

The process is simple. Students write a message on a strip of ORANGE construction paper.

  • Create the strips (links) using sheets of 8 ½ x 11 ORANGE construction paper
  • Cut into strips of 1 ½” to 2” wide and 11” long.

The strips are then stapled or glued together, resulting in one long, connected chain that visually represents the power of uniting for a common cause.

Learn more

Unity Discussions

Hold a classroom UNITY discussion. Define the word "Unity". One idea is to reflect on the statement, “when we stand together, no one stands alone.” For more ideas, download the 4-page booklet, “ UNITY DAY: A guide to celebrating Unity Day with young students” and supplemental worksheet.

Unity Tree

Plant a ‘seed’ of unity in schools and communities to create social change, so that bullying is never again viewed as an accepted childhood rite of passage. The Unity Tree is an interactive and creative activity where everyone can participate. It is a powerful and visual experience for students and individuals to learn the importance of supporting those experiencing bullying.

Learn more

Create a Landmark

Designate an iconic symbol in your school or grounds, such a tree or bench, and decorate it in orange. One idea is to add painted rocks with inspiring messages creating a visual which lasts all year.

Unity Crowns

Create an orange “crown” for each student with orange construction paper and template. Each crown can then be customized with the child’s name. Free crown templates are available online.

Unity Parade

Invite all students to participate in a Unity Parade. Encourage students to wear orange. Provide materials to create banners, posters and signs that students can carry with message of together against bullying and united for kindness, inclusion and acceptance.

Recognize those that participate! Ideas include taking a group photo and framing it for the classroom or school office. Provide each student with an orange incentive, such as a ribbon or treat.

Show Videos

A great way to talk about unity is through videos, show them and follow up with discussion. Here's an amazing example:

You are Braver, Stronger and Smarter Than You Think
Have you ever felt like the whispers, giggles, note passing, and looks were directed at you or someone you care about? Imagine if all that attention was channeled into positive action. Disney is supporting Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center in hopes of inspiring social change among young people everywhere.

Unity Murals

Create a mural for the classroom or school hallway that is symbolic of unity. The mural could be a photo of each student along with a short statement from each student about why important to be together against bullying.  Or each student could draw a picture, write a poem or story that depicts the importance of kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Unity Ribbons

Hand out ORANGE “unity ribbons.” Create your own ribbons, use 8 ½ x 11-inch orange construction paper or ribbon from a craft store. Cut into strips 2 inches wide by 11 inches long. Write UNITE on each strip and then either display from a location such as a fence or tree –or- have each student wear on their wrist.

Create a Unity Message

Tie orange unity ribbons to lockers, fence or wall to create a visual reminder. Another option is to spell out a powerful message.

Orange Items

Include an orange item in the school lunch menu or classroom treats. Ideas include carrots, oranges, or cupcakes. In 2015, a community bakery offered orange cookies to all its patrons that wore orange. Other ideas include painting nails orange, inexpensive orange bead necklaces, orange face paint or orange flowers.

Stories

Everyone is invited to get involved! These stories are a sample of the ideas, activities and events that communities around the nation have done to show their support.

ELLEN DEGENERES

Message from Ellen’s website, posted in October 2011. Today I wore orange on my show for a very special reason. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has organized an incredible movement to put an end to bullying. It's called Unity Day. Today we send a message to anyone being bullied that they're not alone. Because the truth is no one who's being bullied is alone. Just about everyone has been bullied at some point, and nobody likes it. Let's stop hurting one another and try to appreciate the things that make us different.

Today, I stand united with anyone who supports students who are being bullied. You can show the world that you're standing with me today by wearing orange. That's why I wore orange on my show. That, and it brings out the bronze tones in my complexion.

WELCOME TO ORANGE EARTH, MINNESOTA

From the Faribault County Register on October 2013. The Green Giant turned orange, the mayor declared the city's name be changed to Orange Earth and students from Blue Earth Area showed up in orange T-shirts. It was all part of a media event called Unity Day held last Wednesday morning at Blue Earth's Giant Park. Co-sponsored by General Mills and their Green Giant Company, and PACER (a Minneapolis based national Bullying Prevention Center), the hope was to create a buzz in media across the country in support of October being Bullying Prevention Month.

Photo credit to Faribault County Register

SPOOKLEY

In 2011, it was announced that Spookley the Square Pumpkin was named the Official Spokes-Pumpkin of National Bullying Prevention Month through a partnership with PACER Center. Spookley the Square Pumpkin, tells the story of a square pumpkin living in a round pumpkin patch on Holiday Hill Farm. Although Spookley initially faces ridicule from his fellow patch-mates, he goes on to save the day during a terrible storm. As a result, all the pumpkins in the patch learn that it is the thing that makes you different that makes you special. Access the free online toolkit for teachers


DISNEY INTERACTIVE CELEBRATES UNITY DAY

The Disney Interactive Grand Central Campus in Glendale was suddenly looking very orange on Wednesday, Oct. 21, as hundreds of employees donned electric orange t-shirts and congregated in the courtyard. Their colors were in honor of Unity Day, PACER's nationwide initiative to raise awareness about bullying prevention efforts. Disney Interactive Citizenship partnered with the Disney Guest Experience team, PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center and Me To We to share resources and spark conversations about bullying prevention. Learn more


GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES GOES ORANGE

TLC partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Georgetown Cupcake to show their support for bullying prevention. They celebrated Unity Day with delicious orange cupcakes. Georgetown Cupcake sold the cupcakes on Unity Day, and TLC hosted a corporate event to distribute treats as they united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

ICONIC BRIDGE in MINNESOTA

In October 2014, travelers saw orange as they drove over the I-35W bridge , which was lit orange at sunset in observance of Unity Day.

DOOR DECORATIONS

In October 2015, Paradise Valley Elementary School in Morgan Hill, CA decorated their classroom doors for Unity Day!

UNITY SIGN

As part of their Unity Day Celebrations, Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, CA decorated their quad. They hung up a huge poster that said "If you knew my story, you would know that . . . .”and gave kids slips of paper to anonymously write what has happened in their life.

UNITY BANNER

Douglas MacArthur Girls Leadership Academy, in Cleveland OH, wore orange in support of the cause. Students created a school-wide friendship chain, discussed the meaning of unity, and charted ideas for how to make our school a "bully-free" place to learn. The entire student body signed a Unity Day banner, pledging that they will not allow bullying to happen at our school!

ORANGE GLASSES

These young students from Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi, Texas celebrated with cool orange eyewear.

ORANGE BALLOONS

One school district released orange balloons during a unity presentation.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

Sleepy Eye Elementary in Sleepy Eye, MN was United Together Against Bullying, by creating this peace sign with all their students!

BUSINESS PARTICIPATION

Supercoast Super Target in Odessa, FL celebrated unity and and bullying prevention month all of October, attending multiple events to share information about bullying!

ORANGE OUT

Everyone at A.I.Root Middle School in Medina wore ORANGE on Unity Day!

Media

Special thank you to the local newspapers, news stations and international news sources which feature stories about how Unity Day is celebrated in the community. The following are just a few highlights from October 2017.

On Unity Day, school districts set their sights on bullying

Classrooms across the country filled with students and staff who celebrated Unity Day by dressing in orange as a symbol of support. Richmond Public Schools in Virginia, Hays Consolidated Independent School District in Texas, and Wayzata Public Schools in Minnesota are profiled in this article illustrating the creative ways they showed their support for bullying prevention through activities, videos, posters, and unity trees (TrustED, 2017).

Recognizing Unity Day: Students with disabilities don orange to help promote bullying prevention

Students, ages 18-21 with disabilities, in the transitions program, and their teachers, at Brookside Education Center in Minnesota, wore orange to celebrate Unity Day. Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers. Transitions program instructor Lori Nelson said each of her five students have been bullied. Nelson said that for her students, Unity Day is as much about bullying prevention as it is about respect. The orange T-shirts they wore had the word “HERO” written vertically as an acrostic down the front saying “Helping Everyone Respect Others” (Albert Lea Tribune, 2017).

Central Junior High School in Illinois working together to prevent bullying

More than 350 students and staff at Central Junior High School in Illinois wore orange shirts to send the message “Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.” Central has participated in Unity Day since 2015. While Unity Day sheds light on the issue of bullying, Central staff members work hard all year to foster an accepting environment. The teachers and other staff are always on the lookout for signs of bullying. School staff acknowledge that they are only one part of a larger team. Parents, families, and the whole community must work together to prevent bullying (Star Courier, 2017).

Building on last year’s North Branch Unity Day

Students and staff at the North Branch Area Middle School in Minnesota wore orange on Unity Day to send a unified message that students care about each other, and that bullying will not be accepted in school or in the community. In addition to wearing orange, students participated in a “Kindness Rocks” event. Each student at NBAMS was provided a stone upon which to paint a message of kindness. To make it most meaningful, each student placed their own rock in the new Kindness Corner of the courtyard for permanent display. (Isanti-Chisago County Star, 2017).

‘Little People, Big World’: Amy Roloff wants to help create a world without bullying

Amy Roloff, one of the stars of TLC’s “Little People, Big World,” is no stranger to bullying, which is why she is uniting against it. Amy wore orange to commemorate Unity Day and said that she wanted to show everyone who has ever been bullied that they don’t have to face it alone (Inquisitr, 2017).

DODEA students take a stand against bullying

Students at Ramstein Intermediate School in Germany wore orange while uniting against bullying in celebration of Unity Day. Gathered in the school’s courtyard, hundreds of pupils in grades 3, 4 and 5 sang songs, held hands, and recited a bullying prevention pledge, vowing not to let their “actions or words hurt others.” Students joined music teacher Steven Rayburn in singing “Don't Laugh at Me” during the school's celebration of Unity Day. In the song, children who have been teased, among others, ask for acceptance from others (Stars and Stripes, 2017).

Ella White students participate in no bullying, Unity Day

Ella White Elementary students in Michigan participated in different activities at school to show that they are against bullying during Unity Day. The school’s 465 students made a paper chain that sends the message to unite to prevent bullying. Students also signed a poster saying they will pledge to speak up about bullying and reach out to those who are bullied. All the students received an orange bracelet to show their support for those who are bullied (The Alpena News, 2017).

Main Street School stands up against bullying on Unity Day

Main Street School students and staff members in New York celebrated Unity Day by uniting against bullying and wearing orange shirts to show their support. Unity Day provided an opportunity for students to celebrate the friendships they've fostered within their school community. Throughout October, the students participated in the “Be a Friend Project,” which brings peer support to young targets of bullying through letters of hope, and letting young bullying targets know that they matter and they are not alone (Rivertowns Patch, 2017).

Photo by Eric Welch

North Warren Central School dons orange

Students in K-12 in Chestertown, Pa., wore orange T-shirts in a Unity Day event to symbolize being united against bullying. Mike Therio, who coordinated the event, said the Council for Prevention, located in Hudson Falls, provided about 520 orange T-shirts, one for each of the students at the North Warren Central School. The Council for Prevention fosters healthy communities, schools, families, and individuals, urging a collaborative effort in preventing and treating various issues, including bullying. “I’m pleased to say virtually every student brought their shirt back and wore it,” Therio said. On one of the posters near the cafeteria, students posted hearts with the name (or relationship) of someone who had encouraged or supported them. “The kids really got into it,” Therio said. “It’s an opportunity to show solidarity and unity.”

Striving for Unity

COMPASS students handed out orange slips of paper to each class on which every student wrote an “I will” statement explaining how they would take a stand against abusive behavior and make the school a safer place. After the slips were collected, COMPASS students connected each of them into a large chain that was hung from the ceiling near the cafeteria.

“This is the first year that we’ve done (Project Connect), but we’re going to be continuing it throughout the next few years,” said junior Tori Nelson. “We clipped all the statements together as a visual message that we are all connected against bullying.”

The Compass class also hung a large banner in the commons that said, “Together we are stronger.”

“It’s to show that we’re all united against bullying, and really anyone can make a difference by just standing up,” said junior Julia Egly.

Promoting Unity In Rocky Point

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, the Rocky Point High School Human Rights Club recently promoted PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Unity Day.

On Unity Day people come together — in schools, communities and online —to send one large ORANGE message of support, hope and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

As a result of Rocky Point’s Unity Day fundraising, the Human Rights Club raised $226 for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Together We Can Change the World

In Faribault, Minnesota 1500 elementary students from three public elementary Schools united in a special event to celebrate Unity Day. Speakers included school principals, students and special guest Holly Whannel, National American Ms. Minnesota. The The music teachers taught all of the students the song, “Together We Can Change the World”.

Unity Dance

In 2011, as an 11-year-old, Tristan McIntosh recorded the song "You Can't Take That Away From Me," for PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center "Unity Dance" song, which celebrates the importance of looking out for each other and celebrating each other's differences. In 2016, Tristan auditioned for American Idol and was unanimously voted by the judges for the "golden ticket" to the next round in Hollywood. During competition she was named to the TOP 24, and finished in the Top 6 finalists! Congratulations Tristan, you are amazing and thank you for making a difference!

Celebrate Unity Day by performing the dance created by Tristan and other amazing advocates! Dance, unite—and make a statement against bullying—by holding a Unity Dance. Join schools, students, and community organizations around the world to unite with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in music and dance to bring awareness to bullying prevention.

Dance to make a statement against bullying!

Dance, unite—and make a statement against bullying—by holding a Unity Dance. Join schools, students, and community organizations around the world to unite with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in music and dance to bring awareness to bullying prevention.

The song selected for the event is “You Can’t Take That Away From Me,” which was created by Nashville songwriters Tim Akers and Libby Weaver. Akers, the father of a child with a disability, has seen firsthand the struggles and frustrations that some children deal with because they are viewed as “different.”

The song speaks about the importance of teaching children to recognize that personality and character are more important than popularity and outward appearances. The song is performed by 11-year-old Nashville singer Tristan McIntosh, and choreographed by local teens.

“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. “Unity Dance Day celebrates the influence of music and dance as a powerful avenue to reach kids and teens about the bullying prevention message.”

How Can My School or Organization Participate?

  1. Determine a location. For example: the school lunchroom, the hallway, a classroom, the football field or an assembly.
  2. Establish a time. Will it take place in the morning, during lunch, during half-time, or after school?
  3. Consider who should participate. Ideas include:
    • An athletic team leads the dance, learn the steps, and encourage others to join.
    • One person leads the dance, one person joins in, then another, followed by several others, with an invite for anyone watching to join.
    • Ten students lead the dance and invite others to join.
  4. Consider what is needed to play the song. For example: a sound system, the school’s PA system, or speakers and an MP3 player?

What Next? Practice, Practice, Practice!

  1. Watch this video showing the dance.
  2. Watch this video showing the choreography.
  3. Download the MP3 file of "You Can't Take That Away From Me."
  4. Practice the choreography with anyone who will be involved on Unity Dance Day.
  5. Determine how the dance will be introduced. For example: will a student emcee announce it, will it be a surprise, will the school principal invite everyone to the appointed place?
  6. Decide if there will be post dance activities. Ideas include:
    • Setting up a table to sign "The End of Bullying Begins With Me" petition
    • Creating your own "Unity Ribbons.” Purchase a spool of orange ribbon (5/8” wide) at a craft or dollar store. Cut them into 12” strips. With a black marker write UNITY, “The End of Bullying Begins With Me,” or create your own bullying prevention message. Then tie them around your wrist, on your notebook or to your locker door.
    • Post a UNITY banner in the hallway for everyone to sign. Purchase a blank 4' x 8' piece of cardstock at a local print or copy store. Write the word UNITY on it in color markers. Provide color markers for people to sign their name and write a statement about why they believe in supporting each other.

Special Thanks

PACER extends a shout out to everyone involved in creating the UNITY DANCE DAY video! Their talents, time, and commitment to this project are gratefully appreciated.

  • Amy McIntosh – The mother of Tristan McIntosh, for all of her behind-the-scenes coordination and for reaching out to PACER to ask how “You Can’t Take That Away From Me” could be used to help raise awareness of bullying prevention
  • Tim Akers – Co-writer of “You Can’t Take That Away From Me,” who has raised awareness of the importance of teaching children to recognize that personality and character are more important than popularity and outward appearances
  • Tristan McIntosh – Singer of “You Can’t Take That Away From Me”
  • Caroline Grace, Matthew, Jessica, Makenzi, and Paiten – The dancers!
  • Tony Speight - Choreography
  • Camille Blinn –Director of photography, makeup, and stylist
  • Eric Rhodes and Shanon Rhodes – Camera
  • Dianna Akers, Shelly Ballestero, and Shanon Rhodes –Makeup artists
  • Marathon Village – Provided the facility for the dance portion of the video
  • Ben James, Chris Gero, and Yamaha Corp. –Equipment support
  • Judy Bell, principal of Sycamore Middle School – Provided the school to be used for the video
  • Crystal Juechter, Choir teacher  - Organized the logistics for use of the school.
  • Sycamore Middle School
  • Andrea Hedley-Williams and Jamie Milele – Helped to organize the dancers.
  • Parents of the dancers, for allowing their children to be involved with this important project.
  • Jonzun Radio – Connected Amy Mcintosh to PACER

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Unity Day held each year?

Unity Day is usually held either the third or fourth Wednesday of National Bullying Prevention Month in October.

When was the first Unity Day?

The first Unity Day was held in 2011. The “Unity Dance,” featuring Tristan McIntosh, the 2016 American Idol finalist, was also created that year.

Why the color orange?

As Unity Day is held during October, orange is a color commonly identified with the month and the autumn season. It is also known as the color associated with "safety" and visibility. It is a color described as warm and inviting, and its vibrancy makes an impactful statement. Orange was also a color that was not being used by another widely known cause.

Who was the first celebrity to wear orange?

In 2011, in the first year of the event, Ellen Degeneres wore an orange sweater on her show and talked about the significance of Unity Day.

How can schools participate?

There are a number of opportunities to get involved including displaying the free posters, encouraging everyone to wear an orange item, or having a classroom discussion about what "unity" means and why it's important with this issue. Schools have also been very creative with ideas such as creating orange crowns for each student or participating in Project Connect, in which each student contributes a message on an strip of orange paper to create a chain representing the power of unity. New activities this year include creating a Unity Tree, holding a Unity Parade, and more ideas for wearing and sharing orange.

What can one person do?

Everyone's involvement is important! This event goes beyond the school wall into the community. Anyone can wear orange and post. For so long, those who were bullied, felt that no one cared, the simple act of wearing orange shows that them that they are not alone.

How can businesses and organizations get involved?

Go orange! Be creative! A few ideas include: in 2013 the iconic Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, MN wore an orange toga and lit up the night sky with an orange glow. TLC of the Discovery Channel changed the logo orange for the day. Other ways to go orange include tying orange ribbons to a fence or around a tree, offering an orange item for sale with proceeds to the National Bullying Prevention Center, or creating a unity mural.

Is there an official T-shirt?

Yes!

Order the custom designed tshirt and share the unified message to “Create a World Without Bullying.” Available for $12 per shirt.

Are other orange products available?

In addition to the T-shirts, schools and individuals can order a free Unity Day poster, bookmarks and flyers.

How has Unity Day changed?

The event began with a call to action to wear orange. Schools, communities and individuals across the country, in addition to wearing orange, celebrate by serving orange items in the cafeteria, selling orange items to raise donations, having parades at school, and participating in activities designed to show they are united against bullying.

LEARN MORE ABOUT UNITY DAY, PACERTalks About Bullying, Episode 6

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