October is National Bullying Prevention Month.
Here at PALCS, we strive to create a safe environment. Bullying is an extremely sensitive topic, but it is important that our entire community feels supported. For the next month, we will be raising awareness against this topic that unfortunately happens often.
National Bullying Prevention Month was founded by the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER). PACER is a parent training and information center which provides resources for all students.
The signs of bullying and the long-term effects it can have on someone is important for everyone to know and recognize. Our staff sees the effects of bullying on children every day. It is our mission, as well as the mission of National Bullying Prevention Center, to discredit the thought that bullying is an acceptable behavior.
For over a decade, bullying prevention month has become a national call to action. Hundreds of schools and organizations join together in the fight against bullying, including us. Instead, we want to raise awareness on kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
Throughout the month of October, there will be posts surrounding bullying prevention and promoting kindness. Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center states, “ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity.”
Second, we invite our community to celebrate and raise awareness by posting photos to the PALCS Facebook page, using #PALCSUnite. On October 23rd 2019, we encourage you to wear orange in support of Unity Day.
Finally, by wearing orange on October 23rd, we pledge to stand together against bullying. Let’s unite and stand up against bullying as one!
We understand that sometimes it is tough to talk to someone, or tell someone how we feel. PALCS students can always reach out to their teachers and guidance counselors for help or to talk things through. Additionally, there are several organizations that anyone can access for outside support, guidance or just a listening ear.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1800.273.8255
- Safe to Say – 1844.723.2729