October is PACER's national bullying prevention month. There are myriad ways you can show your support for those who have been bullied, including the 160,000 children who stay home from school every day to avoid being bullied. One of the easiest ways to show your support is to wear orange on October 9.
Before that, PACER will host a workshop in St. Paul entitled "Bullying Prevention - Everyone's Responsibility: What Parents Can Do" which will take place on Thursday, October 3 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. At this workshop you can learn about the dynamics and types of bullying as well as how you can intervene and encourage others to intervene as well. Laws, policies, school roles, and more will also be covered.
On Saturday, October 5, PACER's fourth annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying will take place at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington. This is a great opportunity to show your support by participating in either the 4-mile run or the 1.5 mile walk/roll. Participants can check in at 9:00 am with the events beginning at 10:00 am. There will also be family activities, live entertainment, and prizes. You can sign up online and create a sponsor page to help raise funds.
Unity Day will be on Wednesday, October 9, when people across the country will wear orange as a show of support for those who have been bullied. There is even an "official" Unite Against Bullying t-shirt that you can purchase for $12 as part of the "Be Good to Each Other Campaign". You can wear your t-shirt throughout the month.
Finally, PACER has their Count Me In and Kids Against Bullying puppet programs that are booking shows throughout the month as well as throughout the year. Contact your child's school to see if this innovative, interactive presentation can be part of the school's message against bullying. It is a great way for children to be able to learn through open dialogue with question and answer sessions. You can find out more online.
Regardless of whether or not you partake in any of PACER's October initiatives, know that you're not alone and vow yourself to be part of the solution and take a stand against bullying.