Local Schools Go Orange For National Unity Day

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Wednesday is National Unity Day — a day when many people are wearing orange to show their solidarity against bullying.

The day is the brainchild of the Twin Cities-based Pacer Center.

Even Ellen DeGeneres is supporting the cause by wearing orange on Wednesday’s show. But, it wasn’t just celebrities supporting the cause.

At local schools, many wore orange to show their support for anti-bullying efforts including a Richfield school, where the anti-bullying program is a major part of the curriculum.

The fact that everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to the kids at the Richfield Stem Elementary School are proudly wearing orange shows how successful the effort by the locally-based Pacer Center has been.

For kids that are bullied, recess can be a source of anxiety and fear. At Wednesday’s recess at Richfield STEM Elementary, many kids dressed in orange to show they are against bullying.

It’s the second year students here have been taught an anti-bullying curriculum.

“They are accepting each others’ differences and because of that, they are less likely to bully because they know more about the students in here,” said teacher Leisha Baruch said.

Fifth graders at the school say the anti-bullying message works.

“I think its made a big impact,” William Voigt said. “There are not many kids in the school who do bully.”

At the Pacer Center, volunteers in orange were busy preparing for next year’s gala fundraiser, which raises money for their online and educational outreach efforts including National Unity Day.

“Bullying is a part of life that we don’t need to accept, that we can change,” said Julie Hertzog, of the Pacer Center.

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  • See BS

    Public Schools are suppose to be focused on Math and Science.

    “Activism” is a form of religion and liberal bible banging, and it doesn’t belong in public schools.

  • Jonas

    at See BS

    Seriously, what rock did you crawl out from under? Your attitude has some of the rock’s slime sticking to it. I suppose you find the Pledge of Allegiance wrong too, for it talks about liberty and justice for all. Injustice by bullying is wrong, no matter what you say or think. Hopefully, children learn about the good values of loving your neighbor at home, and the schools can simply encourage and support these values. If supporting these values is to be considered “Activism”, so be it and BRAVO.

    • See BS

      So if a kid makes flatulence noises with his hand in the armpit, and someone among a group of children wearing Orange T-shirts doesn’t like that he made a flatulence noise with his hand in the armpit.

      Imagine how scary it is to have a mob of children wearing orange T-shirts angry at you because you have a gift of making silly noises with your armpit?

      Children encouraged by media corporations and special interest groups to wear orange T-shirts at public schools promotes “Mobbing” (group bullying)

  • brittany

    @see BS: are you serious! if your even a parent wouldnt you rather have them teach anit bully then maybe ur child being shot?

  • see BS

    We all know if public schools offered on-line public education for homeschooling.

    14 year olds might graduate highschool.

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