Unity Day brings PCSD buildings together in support of anti-bullying
October 28, 2019
Every October, Parma City School District joins schools nationwide to spread kindness and put an end to bullying on Unity Day.
Celebrated this year on October 23, Unity Day brings students and staff together to promote inclusion, acceptance and diversity throughout their school and community. October is also National Bullying Prevention Month.
Both elementary and secondary schools in the district participated in a variety of ways, but a common theme was wearing orange. Orange is the official color of Unity Day and shows support against bullying.
Many schools had week-long celebrations and spirit days centered around anti-bullying, kindness and acceptance of all.
For example, Thoreau Park Elementary School and Dentzler Elementary School had spirit days which included themes like “Putting Bullies To Bed” pajama day, “Teaming Up Against Bullying” sports jersey day, “Hats Off To Being Kind” hat day, and “Sticking Up For People Is No Sweat” sweatshirt day.
“As we celebrated Unity Week we had many conversations about what Unity Day and Week stands for,” expressed Cathy Catalano, home liaison at Thoreau Park Elementary School. “I provided a sign-up sheet for teachers to have me as a guest reader during the week. I read ‘The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin’, ‘Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun’, ‘The Juice Box Bully’ and ‘Say Something’ depending on the grade level.”
Also all classrooms at Thoreau Park took part in a discussion on how they can spread kindness in their school.
“Each student completed the sentence ‘What steps can I take to welcome kindness…’ on a cutout orange foot print that was hung throughout our front hallway,” Catalano added.
Dentzler along with Ridge-Brook Elementary School, held anti-bully parades as well as clap in kindness, clap out bullying events the week of October 21. Ridge-Brook also decorated orange hands that were placed throughout the building to promote unity.
“Unity Day is very important,” Ridge-Brook Home Liaison Angela Jesse shared. “It allows the kids to learn that we should always be kind and it allows the kids to realize that unity is very important throughout the building.”
Students at Green Valley Elementary School created a “Chain of Kindness” and took the Stick Together Against Bullying pledge by signing their name to a piece of duct tape and placing it on a banner.
Denise Dufala, national program ambassador for Values in Action, presented her story ‘Bomba the Brave’ and shared the importance of being kind to one another at the school as well.
Plus, Green Valley along with Parma Park Elementary School, made a poster where students could put the ‘I’ in kindness.
At Parma Senior High School, students in the Discovery Center created a backdrop and mural for students to take selfies. The mural read “Unity Day 2019, beYOUtiful” and was decorated with feathers in the shape of wings.
Marian Armstrong, guidance counselor at Parma Senior High, said students in the school’s grief group helped make feathers for loved ones they lost. Other students put messages on the feathers about love, unity and kindness.
“Unity Day is a day for us to celebrate kindness and remember that we all have the power to stand up to bullies,” Armstrong expressed. “It reminds us that we are all different but it is those differences encourages conversations and to help us to grow.”
Valley Forge High School joined in with a week-long campaign of kindness throughout the school. Students created hearts with positive messages that they handed out to others throughout the week as a way to spread love.
View all the kindness spread throughout the PCSD at our Unity Day photo gallery at www.parmacityschools.org/monitor.