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Schools, Communities Go Orange for Unity Day to Prevent Bullying

Schools, Communities Go Orange for Unity Day to Prevent Bullying

On Wednesday, October 22, people all around the country will be wearing orange to celebrate Unity Day, a national event developed by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to show support to students who are bullied.

Students, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities across the country will wear orange, said a press release. Unity Day began in 2011 as part of National Bullying Prevention Month. Ellen DeGeneres, the release said, “showed her support by wearing orange and speaking out against bullying on her show Ellen in front of millions of viewers.”

"Unity Day is a great time to send an orange message of solidarity against bullying," said Paula Goldberg, PACER Center's executive director. "We encourage everyone to come together in schools, communities, and online to unite against bullying. When we stand together, no one has to stand alone."

This year, the article said, “schools and communities across the country are planning more unique ways to ‘Make It Orange and Make It End,’ including selling orange cookies, wearing orange ribbons, and releasing orange balloons.”

The release then offers readers ways to show support on Unity Day and throughout October, such as wearing orange or “uniting on social media.”

“PACER has created a Unity Day Facebook event that people can ‘Attend’ and ‘Share,’ and Unity Day updates and photos can be shared on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #UnityDay2014,” the press release said. Another way is to “discuss unity in the classroom.”

“Teachers can hold a classroom discussion about unity and PACER has created a four-page guide to celebrating Unity Day with young students,” said the release.

See PACER's video on bullying below:

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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