Effort unites schools, students, groups against bullyingDance – and make a statement against bullying – by joining PACER’s Unity Dance Day on Wednesday, October 26.
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
Dance – and make a statement against bullying – by joining PACER’s Unity Dance Day on Wednesday, October 26.
That’s the day when schools, students, community organizations, and businesses around the world can unite with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
PACER’s Unity Dance Day can be held anywhere – at schools, malls, or in homes. The performances can be followed by activities designed to inspire people to take action in their communities to prevent bullying.
“The culture of bullying won’t end until people across the country take action and show children and teens that they care,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “The Unity Dance Day celebrates the influence of music and dance as a powerful avenue to reach kids and teens about the bullying prevention message.”
Schools and community organizations can find everything they need to hold a Unity Dance Day in PACER’s online toolkit, available at PACER.org/bullying
The song for the event, “You Can’t Take That Away From Me,” was written by Nashville songwriters Tim Akers and Libby Weaver. Akers, the father of a child with a disability, has seen firsthand the struggles and frustrations that some children deal with because they are viewed as “different.” Performed by 11-year-old Tristan McIntosh, also of Nashville, the song speaks about the importance of teaching children to recognize that personality and character are more important than popularity and outward appearances.
The Unity Dance Day is part of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month of October. Throughout the month, organizations and individuals can show their support for the cause by visiting PACER.org/bullying and disseminating bullying prevention resources