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JOIN TOGETHER AGAINST BULLYING™, DONATE, AND TAG IT FORWARD!
TAG, now you’re it! Together Against Bullying™ is a new campaign for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, inspired by the performer Carrot Top. Visit the website togetheragainst.org to donate, receive both virtual and paper stickers to TAG your friends, and share on social media. Your support means one less student being bullied, one more person speaking out, or one more child knowing that he or she is not alone. Donate today!
DON’T MISS “RAISE A GLASS – A TOAST TO PACER” NOV. 20 IN MINNEAPOLIS
Sample the best that Minnesota’s local brewers and winemakers have to offer at “Raise a Glass – A Toast to PACER,” a beer and wine tasting event Friday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m., at the Muse Event Center, 107 Third Ave. N. in Minneapolis. Get your friends together for a fun evening in support of PACER’s programs for children with disabilities and their families. Tickets include a signature tasting glass and are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Tickets for non-drinkers are $15. Purchase tickets online or call (952) 838-9000. Attendees must be 21 or older.
STUDENT HEALTH IS KEY TO REDUCING CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM
Chronic physical and mental health issues are a leading cause for missed school days which leads to lower academic achievement and higher dropout rates. The U.S. Department of Education has developed a nationwide initiative called “Every Student, Every Day” aimed at the 5 to 7.5 million students who are chronically absent each year. The initiative provides helpful tools for parents and professionals, and seeks to clarify the difference between truancy (being absent without a good reason) and chronic absenteeism related to health. For information on PACER’s resources for families of children and young adults with special health care needs, visit PACER.org/health.
BOOK YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE WITH PIQUE TRAVEL DESIGN AND SUPPORT PACER’S PUPPET PROGRAM
PACER’s KIDS AGAINST BULLYING™ puppet program is making a positive impact in Minnesota schools, and you can help more young children learn how to prevent bullying thanks to Pique Travel Design (PiqueTravel.com). Every time a PACER supporter takes advantage of Pique’s unique approach to travel planning and books a trip (7+ days at a 4-star experience or better) and mentions PACER, the company will donate $100 to bring a PACER puppet show to a school or pre-school in the Twin Cities. E-mail JimB@PiqueTravel.com or call (612) 801-1332 to learn more about Pique’s generous support of PACER.
NEW DISNEY VIDEO SUPPORTS PACER’S NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION CENTER: “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. Watch this incredible two-minute video on PACER’s website.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF INCLUSION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services recently issued a policy statement on inclusion in early childhood education programs, highlighting the importance of ensuring that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive programs. The policy sets a vision for states, local education agencies, schools, and public and private early childhood programs to strengthen and increase the number of high quality programs. See page 6 of the Fall 2015 edition of “Pacesetter” to read one student’s inclusion success story, and look for additional early childhood resources at PACER.org/ec.
PACER’S NATIONAL PARENT CENTER ON TRANSITION AND EMPLOYMENT OFFERS STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TOOLS TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
Post-secondary educational opportunities for students with disabilities are growing. Recent media reports highlighted the Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development (BUILD) program, a two-year residential program that focuses on academic, vocational, residential, and social learning experiences at the private college in St. Paul, Minn.. There are many different options available to students with disabilities and PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment has resources for parents and students to plan for the future. Learn more at PACER.org/transition.
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