Bullying Prevention Awareness Week Oct 5-11

Third Annual National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week

Oct. 5 – 11, 2008

Calls on Communities to Unite

It takes a community to prevent bullying of children. The Third Annual National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, Oct 5-11, 2008 encourages communities nationwide to work together to increase awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children.

Families, students, schools, organizations and other groups can unite with PACER to prevent bullying in several ways. Activities and materials such as contests, toolkits, and online bullying prevention training are available on to help reduce bullying in schools, recreational programs, and community organizations.

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“When 160,000 children in the United States miss school each day as a result of being bullied, it’s time to take action,” said Paula F. Goldberg, executive director of PACER, a national parent center located in Minnesota. “Teachers, parents, students and adults throughout each community must work together to create a climate that doesn’t accept bullying. When bullying is reduced, communities will see more students with higher self-esteem, better school attendance, less physical and mental stress and better school performance.”

PACER Center primarily serves families of children and youth with disabilities, in addition to the bullying prevention project for all children. It provides resources such as publications, workshops, and individualized assistance and helps families make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their child. Its primary Web site is www.PACER.org, its phone numbers are 952-838-900; 800-53-PACER (MN toll free); and 888-248-0822 (national toll free).

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