Annapolis, MD – Anne Arundel County Public Schools has expanded the unity day to continue throughout the school year on the heels on a successful Unity day in 2018.
This year’s Unity day is welcoming opportunities from everyone involved with schools and interested in other areas of the county’s workforce. The call this year is to participate in visible anti bullying initiatives and efforts that emphasizes kindness over hatred, acceptance over rejection and inclusion over seclusion.
Unit Day is an initiative of the National Bullying Prevention Center which was founded in 2006 to actively lead social change to prevent childhood bullying and provide safety and support for all youths in their schools.
All schools in Anne Arundel County will take part in this year’s Unity Day to visibly show commitments to behaviors and mindsets that eliminate hate and bullying within the county.
As part of the October 23 Unity Day event, the National Bullying Prevention Center encourages participants to wear orange as a sign of their commitment to stamping out bullying. Orange provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity, whether it’s hundred of individuals at a school wearing orange, store owners offering orange products, or a community changing a landmark to orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the supportive, universal message that bullying is never acceptable behavior according to Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center.
October 23, 2019 will mark the first of the four ”wear orange” days in Anne Arundel County Public Schools when all teachers and students are encouraged to wear orange. This will also be followed subsequently by other wear orange days on December 5, February 12, and March 24, all designated early dismissal days.
“The concept of unity should be far more than a single day,” Superintendent George Arlotto said. “It must be a mindset that is reinforced wherever and whenever possible. Our principals and teachers will begin these conversations – and the process of building relationships that lead to acceptance and inclusion – on the first day of school. These four days provide vibrant and visible reminders of a commitment we all should share.”
Schools will build specific unity themed activities to cover all the Unity Days and students are excused from their mandatory school uniforms on these days provided they wear orange.
The Anne Arundel County also has T-shirts for the campaign. These T-shirts are not compulsory as the school system does not profit from their sale.