Unity Day 2017: Stand United!
Unity Day 2017 takes place on Wednesday, October 25. Whether you are part of a school community or members of social media groups online, many send messages of support and hope on this day and wear the color orange, to show they stand united against bullying, and support messages of tolerance, unity, acceptance and inclusion.
“More than one of every five school-aged children report being bullied,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors Unity Day and founded National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006. “It’s important these students know they are not alone and that they have the right to feel safe. By joining together and wearing ORANGE on Unity Day, we can send the unified message that we care about student’s physical and emotional health and that bullying will no longer be accepted in this society.”
As you all know, this is exactly what Rainbow Rabbit stands for, and he wants everybody to wear Orange to support these themes!
“Even though it’s our daily goal to combat bullying and encouraging Rainbow Rabbit’s lessons of kindness and caring, Unity Day 2017 is a great day to further remind everybody that people are going through hardships such as bullying—and as a result, they often struggle with lack of acceptance on a daily basis,” said Joe Vallee, Rainbow Rabbit Executive Director. “This can be a very dark place, one that I have been all too familiar with in the past. However, they don’t have to go about this alone. There are people out there who care about them and want what’s best for their well-being. We stand united with them and hope they will overcome these hardships, so that one day, they can stand with us as well.”
If your organization, school, or learning institution is celebrating Unity Day 2017, please share your stories or send us pictures at [email protected].
To learn more about our Rainbow Rabbit Anti Bullying Programs, click here.