Week of Respect provides an excellent opportunity to kick-start year-long campaigns, school assemblies and service learning projects! The Center for Prevention and Counseling has provided daily themes, social media posts and projects that are easy for schools to replicate in Sussex County during Week of Respect. The overall theme is kindness, as that is a key component to building and supporting a positive school climate. There are many ways to accomplish this goal, including being kind and caring to other students and staff. Being kind can also relate to showing kindness to the environment, a school or a community. This year as we celebrate Week of Respect, keep this theme in mind throughout this exciting week.

Remember to send us pictures of what your students and staff are doing as we will be sending out recaps to highlight your success!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest page for even more great ideas, including bulletin board display ideas!
Blue Shirt Day- World Day of Bullying
Monday, October 7th
Blue Shirt Day, World Day of Bullying Prevention is a national initiative held on the first Monday of October. STOMP Out Bullying created this exciting initiative where people are asked to wear a blue shirt in an effort to join together in solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying. Help drive awareness of anti-bullying programs and STOMP Out Bullying in your community! Register with Stomp out Bullying.

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Everyone Counts Day
Have everyone wear clothing with a number on it
Tuesday, October 8th
To promote respect for others teach your students about Random Acts of Kindness. These simple tasks including smiling at someone, giving someone a compliment, visiting a sick friend or sharing a snack with someone. All are easy and quick to complete. Recognize students for their acts of kindness by creating a kindness chain or certificates. Need help coming up with some random acts of kindness projects? Check out our Pinterest page, or the Great Kindness Challenge website.

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School is a Safe Place to Be Yourself
Dare to be different, have everyone wear mismatched clothes
Wednesday, October 9th
Keeping schools safe allows children to look forward to being in an encouraging environment that promotes social and creative learning. Promoting school safety create an open space for kids to explore, learn and grow. Host a school wide assembly about the importance of everyone feeling safe whether it be from a bully or an intruder. Educate students on what precautions your school has taken to ensure everyone's safety.

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Stand Up Against Bullying
United we stand, have everyone wear their school spirit wear
Thursday, October 10th
Bullying is a serious problem that can happen anywhere. This act of unkindness can happen in any school. Educate your students on what it takes to be an upstander. Check out these great upstander resources.

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Help. Encourage. Respect. Others.
Have everyone dress up as super heroes
Friday, October 11th
As a school you are part of a greater community, help your students learn to respect the community they live in by completing a service project. Collect donations for the local food pantry, write thank you letters to local first responders, or create decorations for the local nursing home. Check out our Pinterest page for more great service project ideas!

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["Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time." ~Ron Hall]