October 13, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Julie Hertzog | 952-838-1342 or [email protected]
Why Unity Day?
Minneapolis: Unity Day, started by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC) as the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month, continues to grow every year as a tangible representation of the universal message that our society wants to promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion to prevent bullying.
On Wednesday, October 19th, your readers and viewers can plan to support the event by participating in the simple call to action: wear and share the color orange. Unity Day is a catalyst for everyone to come together with a visual statement that our actions matter not only on one day, but every day.
Why unity? For years, bullying was dismissed with expressions such as, “Bullying is a rite of passage.” Unity Day brings together youth, parents, educators, businesses, and community members across the nation to emphasize the message that bullying is not acceptable and all students deserve to be safe in school, online, and in the community.
One young student shared that he wished Unity Day could be every day. When asked why, he replied: “So that every day everyone would be nicer to me and to each other.”
Things individuals can do
- Share their orange attire and activities to social media, tag #UnityEveryDay, or send their photos to [email protected] with permission to post online
- Watch the animated Unity Day video by Medha, a student from Virginia
- Add their name to the online “Together Against Bullying” pledge
- Share their opinion in the online polls
- Promote the day with social media posts from the NBPC library
- Help students REDRAW THEIR WORLD WITHOUT BULLYING by sharing Cartoon Network’s animated PSA or taking the bulletin board challenge
- Hold a classroom conversation, with every student sharing what kindness, acceptance and inclusion means to them
“The simple act of wearing orange shows that youth experiencing bullying are not alone. The goal of wearing and sharing orange is to empower those who are bullied, and everyone around them, to speak up and reach out with kindness, acceptance, and inclusion,” said Julie Hertzog, NBPC director.
To interview someone involved in this important campaign, please call Julie Hertzog at 952-838-1342 or email [email protected]