Lansing USD469 Stands Up Against Bullying on Unity Day
Students and staff across Lansing USD469 celebrated Unity Day on Wednesday, October 19, by wearing orange to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying by wearing orange.
Unity Day, started by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center 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.
Why unity? For years, bullying was justified with expressions such as, “Bullying is a natural part of childhood,” “Bullying makes kids tougher,” or “Bullying is a rite of passage.” The goal of Unity Day is to bring together youth, parents, educators, businesses, and community members across the nation to emphasize the message that bullying is not acceptable and that all students deserve to be safe in school, online, and in the community.
Why the color orange? Unity Day is celebrated in October, and orange is a color commonly identified with the month and the autumn season. It is also a color that is associated with safety and visibility. It is a color described as warm and inviting, and its vibrancy makes an impactful statement.
Why just a day? The event provides a catalyst for everyone to come together with a visual statement that our actions matter not only on one day but every day.
Learn what you can do at https://www.pacer.org/bullying/