New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, which we at Garden State Equality conceived and led the statewide campaign to enact in 2011, institutes a Week of Respect during the first week of October in public schools across New Jersey. This year, Week of Respect is Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5. The law, ranked by the U.S. Department of Education as the nation’s strongest anti-bullying law, provides that schools do anti-bullying prevention and training throughout the school year. Week of Respect is an opportunity for heightened anti-bullying programming.
Thousands of schools across New Jersey are holding activities during the Week of Respect, including public schools as required and even private schools not bound by the law. As the organization that wrote the law, Garden State Equality is visiting schools in every part of the state, North, Central and South Jersey, during Week of Respect – just as we do year-round. When we visit, we do state-of-the-art presentations on bullying prevention and training. We tailor our presentations to the audiences at hand, whether students, parents, teachers or administrators. We also visit non-school organizations simply to train people who care.
All our presentations are free – we do them as a public service. If you would like us to visit your school or organization, email Youth@GardenStateEquality.org with your name, phone number, school or organization, and town. We’ll be happy to visit during Week of Respect, the month of October or at any other time of the year that is convenient for you.
Here are just some of the events where you’ll see Garden State Equality during Week of Respect and the rest of October:
Monday, October 1st at 1:30 pm: Week of Respect Kickoff at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 655 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, featuring New Jersey Education Commissioner Chris Cerf and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, author of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.
Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm: West Orange Human Relations Commission, 66 Main Street Town Meeting, 66 Main Street West Orange.
Friday, October 5th at 9:30 am: Lindenwold High School, 801 Egg Harbor Road, Lindenwold.
Monday, October 8th at 3:30 pm: Columbia High School Spectrum, 17 Parker Avenue, Maplewood.
Thursday, October 11th at 7:00 pm: Kean University Gay-Straight Alliance, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union.
Wednesday, October 17th at 1:00 pm: Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey, 655 Westfield Avenue, Elizabeth.
Sunday, October 21st at 10:00 am: Anti-Bullying Day and Expo in Support of Special Needs, Presented by Temple Emanuel at Cherry Hill High School East, 1750 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill.
Monday, October 22nd at 6:00 pm: Collingswood PFLAG, Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood.
Thanks, everyone. We hope to see you at your school or organization sometime soon. Here’s to working together for safer schools and a fairer world.