Laurel Springs Celebrates Unity Day
On Wednesday, October 21st, Laurel Springs students and staff stood in solidarity against bullying by participating in the nationwide Unity Day. Students were asked to wear orange and craft flags that represent kindness, acceptance, and inclusion for all. Why orange? “Orange provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The vibrant color also matches the season. Across the country, leaves are changing to beautiful hues, thus doing its part to spread this meaningful message.
Since 2011, Unity Day has been celebrated in October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month. Even though it’s just one day, the organizers hope it becomes a conversation starter throughout the community on what everyone can do to end bullying and support those who have been victimized. While the focus may be on youth, bullying can happen at any age. Also, the issues may have started on the playground at school, but now it’s evolved into a digital attack with a screen between those involved. This is why it’s important to spread the message throughout the community so that students, parents, teachers, and community members can all stand together.
What Can You Do
It’s easy to participate. All one has to do is wear or share something orange. Schools can encourage students and staff to pick the brightest, boldest piece of orange clothing from their wardrobe. Businesses can offer orange colored merchandise and ribbons. How you outwardly celebrate isn’t as important as how you internalize the meaning of the event. Bullying shouldn’t be passed off as a natural part of childhood. No one deserves to be harassed, no matter their age or background. Even though this is an inspirational day and show of support, we hope the message continues to resonate everyday and we can eventually focus on more of the love instead of the hate.
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