October is National Bully Prevention month. The 4th Annual Solidarity Day is scheduled for Tuesday October 6, 2020. This is a day which we as a community of Catholic schools in the San Antonio Archdiocese, come together in observance of National Unity Day with a message of hope to show that we are united against bullying and committed to kindness, compassion, caring, and respect.
On this day students are encouraged to wear orange colored shirts, as a way to demonstrate that we as a community are unified in standing up against bullying and choosing to lead always with kindness.
Why the color Orange?
In addition to being the unofficial color of the month of October, The color is often associated with the ideas of safety and warmth. The brightness of the color also creates for a vibrant visual, standing out those who stand up as allies against bullying.
As a method of teaching anti-bullying behavior we strive to teach acceptance, empathy and kindness. Shifting the focus to a more positive outlook to inspire our students to embrace differences and accept that everyone has a unique set of skills and thoughts. I would like the message this Solidarity day and all month long to be “We are all different pumpkins in one awesome patch”. I would like students, both on campus and distance learners to decorate (color, paint, carve) pumpkins (paper or real) and send photos of their awesome pumpkins to me so I may create a kindness collage.
For our distance learners I will send out an email with an attached pumpkin coloring sheet and articles for parents to discuss bullying along with ways of practicing acceptance and empathy with their children.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great week!