Clay Aiken – National Bullying Prevention Month

October is the 10th month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar, which is used in almost all of the world today.

The opal and the tourmaline are the birthstones for October.

The calendula is the flower for the month of October.

It is always interesting to look at the calendar when a new month starts…I get a good laugh at all the special days, weeks, and even specials that last an entire month.  Did you know that in October we celebrate
~ National Caramel Month
~ National Liver Awareness Month
~ Bat Appreciation Month
~ National Chili Month
~ Feral Hog Month
All kidding aside, there was one special month celebration that I found that I would like to share:
National Bullying Prevention Month
Sponsored by Pacer Center – Champions For Children With Disabilities ,  The End of Bullying Begins with Me is the message during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. This is a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Resources from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center make it easy to take action.

PACER started the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort that encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement.

PACER has a variety of resources that can be used during October.  They have ideas  to engage, educate, and inspire others to join the campaign and prevent bullying where you live. You can check out all of the different events and activities and make plans to get involved.

According to their website, there are a few special events held in October:

Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying – Schools, businesses, organizations, and communities will come together to Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Bloomington, Minn., and at dozens of other locations around the country throughout the month. This fun, active outdoor event increases awareness of bullying prevention and raises funds to support the cause. We have all the tools you need to host a Run, Walk, Roll in your community. Check out PACER’s free toolkit which shows you how to plan the event in five easy steps and includes tips, ideas, and resources.

Unity Day: Wednesday, Oct. 10 – Mark your calendar now and make plans to wear orange on Unity Day. That’s when scores of people around the country will join the movement to “Make it Orange and Make it End!” In 2011, Ellen DeGeneres promoted the cause on television by wearing orange and reminding millions of viewers about the importance of bullying prevention. Facebook supports the cause during October by providing users with information on PACER activities on its safety, educator, and privacy pages. Again in 2012, students will wear orange and use PACER resources to support the cause, hand out orange “UNITY” ribbons at school, and write “UNITY” on their hands or binders. Be sure to ‘Attend’ and ‘Share’ the Unity Day Facebook Event!

What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about students who are bullied and want bullying to end, make your color ORANGE on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 10. That’s the day everyone can link together—in schools, communities and online—and send one large, ORANGE message of support to students who have experienced bullying.

For more information on Pacer and National Bullying Prevention Month, visit PACER

I wonder if Clay Aiken has worked with this organization?  I certainly would not be surprised.

We can’t have a blog without a picture of Clay…Just wouldn’t seem right!

Just a short reminder…I will be checking the news for updates on the Joyful Noise Tour and the upcoming National Inclusion Project Champions Gala.  I will post any news as soon as I can.  Please check back.  I still have my fingers crossed for a west coast tour stop.

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6 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – National Bullying Prevention Month

  1. I'm with you…fingers crossed for a west coast stop on the upcoming tour. 🙂 Thanks so much for the reminder about National Bullying Prevention Month. Great way to get the word out lady 🙂

  2. Very important post, Musicfan – No Bullying of anyone is acceptable! Clay has that "determined –
    intent " look on all of these pics – you know he means business and lovin' working with these kids!
    He is still doing it after all of these years!!! Thank you for the pics and post!!

  3. What a great cause for October. It’s so important kids have a bully free school.

    I’m sill hoping for a Tx stp on the tour too. 🙂

  4. As always Musicfan…you've given us lots of information. I think every month should be Bullying Prevention Month. It is greatly needed in this society. I do not know why some people feel the need to put people down, in order to build themselves up… They obviously have insecurities. Love the pics of Clay and his "Best Buddies". It has always been one of the things that I love about Clay. His community spirit. Helping others. I knew from the get-go, that this was a good man.

  5. It was good to read the reminder and interesting information about October being National Bullying Prevention Month. Judging from the photos, Clay does walk the talk and his actions do speak a lot about his words, etc……

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