“We believe in putting the power for change where it belongs: in students’ hands.
Together, we can put an end to bullying.”
Teachers, administrators and students looking to introduce or reinforce an anti-bullying message will find plenty of free support through a new, rapidly-expanding local initiative. STAND 4 CHANGE DAY is a one-day “take notice” exercise from the Defeat the Label ANTI-BULLYING campaign. Officially recognized by the State of Michigan, May 4, 2012 has been designated as a day where schools across the nation are encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to putting an end to bullying, beginning with a 5-minute “Stand 4 Change” for all participants at 12:00 EST.
Schools registered at www.stand4change.org receive FREE event materials, including:
- Weekly newsletters
- PSA announcements in support of putting an end to bullying
- Anti-bullying classroom information
- Special lessons and discussion for Social Studies & ELA classes
Stand 4 Change Day was created by Defeat the Label and by Ken Kragen. Ken (an “author, speaker, non-profit consultant, TV & film producer and music manager”) is internationally known as the creator and organizer of “We Are the World”, “Hands Across America” and Cisco System’s “Net Aid”.
Defeat The Label is a 501(c)3 organization that creates critical awareness of bullying issues among middle school and high school aged students. The group is spreading word of their mission through the creation of awareness campaigns, community outreach, special events and the implementation of the Anti-Defamation League in-school curriculum. Defeat the Label has also been very active in support of the highly-praised documentary, Bully, and provided a discussion panel at the movie’s recent Birmingham premiere.
Stand 4 Change Day is a useful opportunity for schools to draw attention to a problem that keeps 160,000 bullied kids home from school every day. Providing a safe educational environment is fundamental for learning, and recognizing bullying as a huge edu-detriment is an important step toward awareness and action. As President Obama said in response to the bully epidemic in 2011: “We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up.” And taking a Stand 4 Change is a start…
MORE on MAY 4th:
***BULLYING THERAPY will be offered to victims, bullies, bullying bystanders and families in a new, cutting-edge Beaumont Hospital clinic. The No Bullying Live Empowered Center (NoBLE), is scheduled to open on May 4th.
***STAND 4 CHANGE Press Kit available NOW! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a modifiable flier template, tweets, facebook posts and press release – free of charge! (please title email with “Stand 4 Change Press Kit”)