October is National Bullying Awareness Month in the United States, with Kindness in Chalk Day and Unity Day falling on Oct. 1 and 24, respectively. The Learning Village recognized both days on Oct. 23 with students wearing orange tops to mark Unity Day and decorating sidewalks to celebrate Kindness in Chalk Day.
According to MinneMama Adventures, recognized as the blog/blogger that launched the Kindness in Chalk anti-bullying movement, it began in 2014 when blogger and mother Nicki Brunner was inspired by the happiness she saw in total strangers when they passed "Have a Happy Day!" written in sidewalk chalk. The same year her son began Kindergarten, and she worked with his school administration to share messages there as well.
Unity Day has been recognized in the U.S. since 2011, with the use of orange clothing to display support for those who have been bullied. The day has been sponsored by the National Bullying Prevent Center since its creation, and has spread to include individuals, schools, businesses, and whole communities marking the day by wearing orange.
Photographs from the Oct. 23 events in the Learning Village are now available on the School's SmugMug account.