REJECT also helps us learn that acceptance is not just a social construct vital to our survival, but essential to our potential as individuals as well.
|Student driven, student voice. Brianna introducing the evening.|
|Closing out a terrific night.|
Our goal was to extend the reach of the film, while spreading the word about Erase Meanness' mission. We secured a venue, found and pid an insurer, energized our volunteers, and started reaching out to everyone we could think of to put people in the seats. We promoted through every avenue we cold think of, including good ol' fashion kiosk flyers and snail-mail and we were thrilled with the turnout. We assembled an expert panel for post-movie discussion and closed out the night with a terrific conversation on how a community can work together to create communities of kindness and inclusion.
Our local Fox affiliate did a great job covering the event as well. Community Members Watch REJECT
I closed out the evening with a call to action.
"We cannot be worried about the perceptions of bullying incident statistics reported in our schools, we must be worried about our kids.
We cannot isolate the bully or address bullying superficially by filling out a form or checking a box in an effort to demonstrate compliance. We must not wait for the toxic words of rejection and meanness to be digested and then treat the symptoms of their poisoning. Communities of kindness are formed by communities of parents, teachers, administrators, and community leaders that work to extend hands of cooperation instead of pointing fingers. We cannot wait and we must not stand-by. We shall start with kindness, always kindness."
We must make sure that every child gets a chance to shine like the sun. Erase. Replace. Be kind."
A great night.
A great night.
|A few of our "Eraser" student activists|