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Unity Day

About Unity Day

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Unity Day 2018: Wednesday, October 24. Save the date!

UNITY DAY: Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGEmessage of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Individuals across the nation, and even world-wide, can participate in Unity Day.

 

Ideas for Unity Day

Ideas

Project Connect

Create a visual UNITY statement! In Project Connect, students can write a message on an ORANGE strip of paper. The paper links are then connected to create one long chain which visually represents uniting for a common cause.

The process is simple. Students write a message on a strip of ORANGE construction paper.

  • Create the strips (links) using sheets of 8 ½ x 11 ORANGE construction paper
  • Cut into strips of 1 ½” to 2” wide and 11” long.

The strips are then stapled or glued together, resulting in one long, connected chain that visually represents the power of uniting for a common cause.

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Unity Discussions

Hold a classroom UNITY discussion. Define the word "Unity". One idea is to reflect on the statement, “when we stand together, no one stands alone.” For more ideas, download the 4-page booklet, “ UNITY DAY: A guide to celebrating Unity Day with young students” and supplemental worksheet.

Unity Tree

Plant a ‘seed’ of unity in schools and communities to create social change, so that bullying is never again viewed as an accepted childhood rite of passage. The Unity Tree is an interactive and creative activity where everyone can participate. It is a powerful and visual experience for students and individuals to learn the importance of supporting those experiencing bullying.

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Unity Yarn Project

UNITY (sponsored and created by Vessence #WeLiveBig initiative to promote human flourishing) is a larger-than-life structure that helps us celebrate our uniqueness and strengthens our ties to each other. Participants tie colorful yarn to posts that reflect their identities. Their yarn intertwines with others’ to create a web of interconnectedness. In the end, we see that we are all connected by something, and it's our diversity that builds a strong and vibrant community. Learn more at the UNITY website

Unity Parade

Invite all students to participate in a Unity Parade. Encourage students to wear orange. Provide materials to create banners, posters and signs that students can carry with message of together against bullying and united for kindness, inclusion and acceptance.

Recognize those that participate! Ideas include taking a group photo and framing it for the classroom or school office. Provide each student with an orange incentive, such as a ribbon or treat.

Show Videos

A great way to talk about unity is through videos, show them and follow up with discussion. Here's an amazing example:

You are Braver, Stronger and Smarter Than You Think
Have you ever felt like the whispers, giggles, note passing, and looks were directed at you or someone you care about? Imagine if all that attention was channeled into positive action. Disney is supporting Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center in hopes of inspiring social change among young people everywhere.

Unity Murals

Create a mural for the classroom or school hallway that is symbolic of unity. The mural could be a photo of each student along with a short statement from each student about why important to be together against bullying.  Or each student could draw a picture, write a poem or story that depicts the importance of kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Unity Ribbons

Hand out ORANGE “unity ribbons.” Create your own ribbons, use 8 ½ x 11-inch orange construction paper or ribbon from a craft store. Cut into strips 2 inches wide by 11 inches long. Write UNITE on each strip and then either display from a location such as a fence or tree –or- have each student wear on their wrist.

Orange Items

Include an orange item in the school lunch menu or classroom treats. Ideas include carrots, oranges, or cupcakes. In 2015, a community bakery offered orange cookies to all its patrons that wore orange.