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Disney Junior and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center Inspiring Children to Choose Kindness

October 3, 2017

Join Disney Junior and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to explore and inspire what it means to choose kindness! Disney Junior is encouraging children to show kindness at home, school and within their community with this Kindness Kit available to download for parents and schools across the country. Disney Junior’s new series “Vampirina” tells the story of a young vampire girl who faces the joys and trials of being the new kid in town when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. The series follows Vampirina (aka “Vee”) as she adjusts to life in the human world, including making friends and attending a new school. Along the way, Vee learns that it may be easier to blend in with her peers, but it’s more valuable to celebrate the qualities that make each individual unique. Download the Disney Junior Kindness Kit.


Help create a world without bullying

September 13, 2017

Make a statement! Order your official T-shirt! Show that you are contributing to a kinder, more inclusive and accepting world.

This one-of-a-kind shirt is only available during September and October. Order soon so that you can wear orange (the signature color of bullying prevention) during National Bullying Prevention Month, on Unity Day, and all year long. Proceeds will benefit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center so that we can continue to prevent bullying and promote kindness, inclusion, and acceptance in our schools, communities, and the world! #orangetogether

Order your T-shirt today


EA PARTNERS WITH PACER’s NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION CENTER WITH “PLAY TO GIVE”

June 1, 2017

EA’s Play to Give program promoting in-game challenges and donation to charitable partners.

Through Play to Give, EA celebrates the importance of inclusion and play and the positive connections it makes for all the diverse players around the world. With millions of hours spent in play every day, games are a powerful platform for creating positive, inclusive connections. You can support the cause too.


Clarisonic Joins the Bullying Prevention Cause by Supporting PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

February 1, 2017

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Clarisonic, the creator of the most recommended skin cleansing devices by U.S. dermatologists, was founded with the belief that healthy, beautiful-looking skin can help people be their most confident selves.

In an effort to help address bullying, Clarisonic has made a commitment to support PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center – encouraging young people to love the skin they’re in, and to be confident advocates for themselves and others.

“PACER has made an incredible impact on countless kids across the country and all of us at Clarisonic are thrilled to help support its remarkable bullying prevention programs,” said Dr. Robb Akridge, co-founder of Clarisonic.

Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center shared, “The support of Clarisonic is appreciated as it allows the opportunity to reach out to a broader audience with the important message of what all of us can do to help prevent bullying.”

The relationship between Clarisonic and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center will kick off with the Students with Solutions campaign in early 2017, which engages students to use art and writing to creatively think through ways to prevent bullying and be supportive of peers being bullied. In addition, the relationship will focus on other initiatives designed to educate and provide students with information and resources to build a culture defined by kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.


‘T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games,’ a new toolkit for teachers

November 30, 2016

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PACER is pleased to offer a new resource for teachers: “T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games” (T.E.A.M. stands for Treat Everyone As Members). This free digital teacher toolkit celebrates acceptance and inclusion through teamwork.

The toolkit was created in conjunction with the release of a new picture book of the same name by Joe Troiano, who is also the author of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. The book reveals the untold story of how the Reindeer Games became a celebration of acceptance and diversity.

Educators can register online to receive the toolkit’s resources, which includes streaming video of the picture book, classroom activities and a discussion guide, and streaming Rudolph music.

A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the book will be donated to PACER’s NBPC.

For information and to register for the classroom toolkit, visit PACER.org/TeamRudolph.


Play ‘Rudolph’s Rooftop Gift-away’ and support PACER’s NBPC!

November 16, 2016

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Embrace the holiday spirit by playing the new online game “Rudolph’s Rooftop Gift-away!” The game features more than $16,000 in prizes, including a $500 shopping spree, and supports PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

For each gift delivered in the game, $1 will be donated to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center (up to $15,000).

Play the game online


PACER partners with I Am A Witness

November 2, 2016

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PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has partnered with the I Am A Witness campaign, which aims to stop bullying by activating the “silent majority” of kids who witness it each day. The goal of the campaign is to transform students who witness bullying from passive bystanders into an active collective that speak up against bullying.

I Am A Witness has created the Witness Emoji, which is shaped like a speech bubble with an eye in the center. Students can use the emoji to show support for someone who is being bullied by posting it online or through a text message.

Teens can post the Witness Emoji when they see hurtful comments, or send GIFs and stickers to show support for someone in need.

More than one in four children experience bullying each year, and research has shown that the bystander can play a pivotal role in stopping it. For information, visit iwitnessbullying.org/.


Babble Blog: Bullying Affects All of Our Kids, Even If They Aren’t the Target

October 19, 2016

The second in a series of blogs about bullying was posted to Babble, A Company of Disney, in honor of the 10th anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month this October. Be part of the movement to unite against bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion among children.

Bullying affects everyone involved. Whether the child is the target, a witness, or the person who bullies, the end result is that everyone feels less safe. Children aren’t responsible for resolving a bullying situation, but their opinions about how to proceed should be encouraged and respected. Engaging a child in finding the solution helps them learn problem solving and self-advocacy skills.

Read the full article.


UNITY DAY Blog post featured on StopBullying.gov

October 19, 2016

Featuring information on preventing bullying of students with disabilities.
By: Julie Hertzog, Director PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, and Maureen Perkins, Health Resources and Services Administration

Unity Day is Wednesday, October 19. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center started Unity Day in 2011. The purpose of Unity Day is to demonstrate that we are together against bullying. We are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion of all students.

Get involved! Wear and share the color ORANGE on Unity Day! Join in sending one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity so that all students feel safe and supported.

Did you know that a student with a disability is two to three times more likely to be bullied? Bullying can affect a student’s physical and emotional health, and it can interfere with a student’s right to receive an education. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers resources for all students, with specific resources for students with disabilities.

Read the full blog post.


Miami Dolphins Host Hometown Huddle in Partnership with PACER

October 18, 2016

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Miami Dolphins alumni Troy Drayton, Lousaka Polite and Twan Russell and cheerleaders Etta, Kristan and Rachael, in partnership with United Way and PACER, hosted a Hometown Huddle at Bob Graham Education Center on Oct. 18. The group hosted a Gatorade Junior Training Camp as the students participated in several fitness-orientated stations and learn the benefits of hydration and staying physically active.

“Today we’re partnering with United Way and PACER for this tremendous event. Tomorrow is Unity Day, so we’re out here showing the kids a good time and we’re also delivering an anti-bullying message,” Miami Dolphins alum and Youth Programs Manager Troy Drayton said. “So today’s a special day for us. It’s just a part of what we do and a part of the Miami Dolphins being in the community.”

Additionally, a UNITY station was added in honor of UNITY day. The kids pledged against bullying and created crafts using positive words. The Dolphins are working closely with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to spread awareness of bullying prevention and to celebrate Unity Day to be united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which initiated National Bullying Prevention Month and Unity Day, encourages students, parents, teachers, community members, schools and organizations to wear and share orange to support those who experience bullying.

Learn more about the academy.


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