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North Lamar students wear orange to make a statement against bullying

School NewsGreg Higgins
Students and staff wearing orange at Aaron Parker Elementary came together to see the impact they made on their campus by uniting together and making a stand against bullying.

Students and staff wearing orange at Aaron Parker Elementary came together to see the impact they made on their campus by uniting together and making a stand against bullying.

In recognition of Unity Day, North Lamar students and staff came together dressed in orange on October 19th to send one large orange message of support, hope, and unity against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

“ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “When hundreds of individuals in a school or organization wear orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the unified message to kids to know that they are not alone.”

“One of every four school-aged children will be bullied this year - upwards of 13 million students,” 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.”