SSC Brings Awareness To Unity Day At Partner Schools
StopBullying.gov defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.”
Bullying is not a new concept; our society is known to justify it with expressions such as “Bullying is a natural part of childhood” or “Bullying is a rite of passage.” In a world where mental health problems are on the rise for adults and children, it is more important than ever to stop bullying in its tracks.
The goal of Unity Day is to bring together youth, parents, educators, businesses, and community members across the nation to emphasize the message that bullying is unacceptable and that all students deserve to be safe in school, online, and in the community.
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics 2019 report, one out of every five students report being bullied, and 41% of students who reported being bullied indicated that they thought the bullying would happen again.*Statistics compiled from PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center Website.
SSC Celebrates Unity Day
In recognition of Unity Day and support of students across the country, we have created Unity Day shirts for our team members to wear on October 19th as their uniform. The shirts are a bold orange, a color associated with safety and visibility, and they display the message “Kindness Starts With You.”
SSC is also encouraging each associate to take the Unity Day Pledge:
“I pledge to support others who have been hurt or harmed, treat others with kindness, be more accepting of people’s differences, and help include those who are left out.”
It takes courage to stand up to bullying. Together we can create learning environments that foster inclusion, acceptance, and kindness. Please visit StopBullying.gov and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to access additional resources for Unity Day.