Please visit our new campaign, Parkwood's Day of SIlence to Fight LGBT Bullying
Parkwood's first Day of Silence for LGBT bullying
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Ended Apr 12, 2014
the Day of Silence GLSEN's Day of Silence is an anti-bullying, anti-hate event designed to demonstrate support for anyone being harassed for their actual or perceived sexual preference, identity, or expression, and a day of reflection and ...

the Day of Silence

GLSEN's Day of Silence is an anti-bullying, anti-hate event designed to demonstrate support for anyone being harassed for their actual or perceived sexual preference, identity, or expression, and a day of reflection and remembrance of victims. The vow of silence taken by participants will emulate that of those who have been silenced by the attitudes of their peers or suicide. The goal is to make schools safer for all students; in a Harris Interactive study on bullying, students said two of the three top reasons students were bullied were actual or perceived sexual identity and gender expression.

Parkwood's Day of Silence

This was first proposed to the principal by myself (Gabby Hubert), with the support of Zoe Kiser (who participated in it last year alone). It will take place on April 11 (the Friday before Spring Break), and will include both vocal and silent supporters. It is completely student-run by myself and Zoe Kiser; the cause is of great importance to both of us, both through personal and indirect impacts.

Where the money goes

In order to avoid having to charge participants, this was set up in order to address the costs associated with the event.

Posters:

I hope to have at least one of the official GLSEN 24"x18" posters for each school building (there are 8), as well as maybe 30 smaller, letter-size posters with information more specific to Parlwood's DoS. If funds allowed, I would also love to have a banner for the Student Center, where most of the signups will take place.

Flyers:

I have already mocked up the flyer with the necessary information. Considering the nature of the issue, I think it's important to lay out as clearly as possible the message it's trying to get across and how it will do so. I would pass them out at lunch, hang them up alongside the larger posters, and leave stacks of them with the sign-up sheets. They will also provide me an easy way to indirectly address opposition. The amount I raise will greatly impact the style/number of the posters; my ideal would be black print on red paper, with general information on the front and a list of teachers who allow participation in their class (and, in some cases, the degree of participation permitted). I want students to know beforehand when they can enforce their vow in order to minimize conflicts.

Identification

It was important to me for it to be easy to identify participants so no one could abuse the opportunity to ignore their teachers. I have three options for doing so: buttons, which are the most expensive but could be kept after the event; stickers; or paper wristbands printed with "PWHS DAY OF SILENCE", which are the most cost-effective. Again, the option I choose greatly depends on funds raised.

Any excess funds would go to the GLSEN, of course.

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