Community to wear orange in support of bully free schools

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Kellyanne Bartleson, founder and creator of online family resource guide, EmeraldCoastKids.org, announces the inaugural Emerald Coast Kids’ Color the Coast Orange Day #UnityDay2015 on Oct. 21. She requested and received a Proclamation from Governor Scott declaring October as National Bullying Prevention Month when students, schools and communities come together to raise awareness against bullying. To raise awareness against bullying, PACER launched the National Bullying Prevention Center. In conjunction with PACER’s yearly, international anti-bullying movement, #UnityDay, EmeraldCoastKids.org wants to Color the Coast.

#UnityDay2015 is simple: On Oct. 21, the community can unite just by wearing orange to make a widespread statement that bullying needs to end. Wear orange to work, school, practice, sports, wherever: shirts, nail polish, orange hair extensions, hats, ties, shoes, shoe laces, wristbands, etc.

Get creative. Tie an orange ribbon around your mailbox. Decorate your front door. Make “#UnityDay” orange ribbons. Make banners to hang at your school or business. Get social savvy: Use #UnityDay on social media and help spread the word.

Schools, government agencies, businesses can order a free poster, info handouts and bookmarks before Oct. 14 at www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/posters.asp

#UnityDay. Schools can have anti-bullying lessons. Several businesses are already on board and will give discounts to customers who come in wearing orange on Oct. 21, several salons will be offering orange hair extensions and the Youth Village in FWB will be offering camp scholarships to parents wearing orange.

Visit www.facebook.com/events/1649809408570298/ to join the event and to see which local businesses have already signed up to participate.