October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Harris County Department of Education will join schools and communities across the nation to raise awareness and support bullying prevention. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Bullying Prevention Month was initiated by PACER’s National Bullying Center in 2006 and has since grown to an entire month of education and awareness activities recognized by schools and communities throughout the world.

“Every child has the right to feel safe and supported in school,” said Harris County Department of Education’s Center for Safe and Secure Schools Director Ecomet Burley. “National Bullying Prevention Month is a time when educators, students, parents and community members can come together to support bullying prevention and make schools safer for our children.”

There are many ways schools and community members can get involved this October for the 10-year anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month:

– Celebrate Unity Day: Students, teachers and community members will wear orange and send a united message of support on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 19.

– Hold events and activities: Schools and communities around the country recognize National Bullying Prevention Month through creative events and initiatives. There are many resources available at www.PACER.org/Bullying.

– Participate in the You’re Not Alone campaign: This new campaign provides resources and education on ways communities can show they care and are united against bullying, including classroom and event toolkits.

For more information and resources on National Bullying Prevention Month, visit www.PACER.org/Bullying or go to www.safeandsecureschools.org  .

About Harris County Department of Education (HCDE): Serving students, teachers, schools and communities throughout Harris County, HCDE is a local governmental organization providing value for school districts while supporting educational opportunity. Partnering with Harris County school districts, HCDE maximizes local resources and responds to the needs of locally elected school boards and education leaders. HCDE services include school-based therapy for students, afterschool programs, Head Start, educator training, adult education and programs to promote safe schools. To learn more about how your county department of education can help you: www.hcde-texas.org.

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