Solidarity Day 2019
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak; their echoes are truly endless.” Mother Teresa
Every 7 minutes a child is bullied at schools around the nation.
In 2011, United Day was started by the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center. It was a day for students to wear orange to show a united against bullying. Today, United Day is still going strong adding the tagline: “Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.”
At Holy Spirit, our aim is to fight the statistic, and work towards kindness and respect of our classmates. For three years, Holy Spirit Catholic School has come together in observance of National United Day as a community of Catholic schools in the San Antonio Archdiocese with a message of hope to show that we are united against bullying and committed to kindness, compassion, caring, and respect.
As Paula Goldberg, the Executive Director of PACER Center said, “ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity. Whether it’s hundreds of individuals at a school wearing ORANGE, store owners offering ORANGE products, or a community changing a landmark to ORANGE, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the supportive, universal message that bullying is never acceptable behavior.”
Why the color Orange?
United Day is held during October, and orange is a color commonly identified with that month and season. It is also a color associated with safety and visibility. Orange is described as warm and inviting, and its vibrancy makes a strong statement. It was also a color that was not being used by another widely known cause.
Holy Spirit Catholic School strives to teach and encourage our students to continue to offer compassion, kindness, caring and respect to ALL their classmates, teachers and fellow human beings.
“Unity Day – Wear and Share Orange on WED., OCT. 23, 2019.” Wednesday, October 23, 2019- National Bullying Prevention Center, www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp.