Usually held in the month of January, No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities. To plan your own schools’ events, you can download free resources from the web site (www.nonamecallingweek.org). Students are invited to send submissions to the creative expression contest.
On November 10, 2009, join thousands of schools for the seventh annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day. Last year, an estimated 4 million students at 10,000 schools, participated in the event. Mix It Up at Lunch Day is a simple call to action: take a new seat in the cafeteria. By making the move, students can cross the lines of division, meet new people and make new friends. You can download free resources including planning documents, facilitator guides, posters, etc. at their web site: www.tolerance.org/mix-it-up.
Inspired by the documentary “Paperclips” and the poem “The Butterfly” written by a child, Pavel Freidman, during the Holocaust, a group of parents, staff and children of San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) initiated a special project to memorialize the 1.5 million children who lost their lives in the Holocaust and to honor the survivors. Using the butterfly as a symbol of transformation, hope, faith, and religious freedom, people around the world are being asked to create ceramic butterflies to adorn the SDJA or to use in their own Holocaust remembrance project. (For more information or to order a kit, go to their website)
Make a Difference Day is a national annual program sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation and USA Weekend Magazine. In Los Angeles, Teens Make a Difference Day is organized by the LA County Commission on Human Relations and will be held on October 24, 2009. This year’s goal is to encourage teens to develop and implement projects with youths from different schools, communities, and racial or ethnic groups to work hand in hand to make a difference. They will also be introduced to the zerohour.com No Haters Here! Youth initiative and the 2010 Project One: One Love. One Mic. One Song songwriting program. Learn more at: www.zerohour.com