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On #SpiritDay, My Hopes for My Children’s Future and Our Future

October 16, 2014
2 children, Dayton and Saunder, wearing purple and a "be you." hat holding a sign that says #SpiritDay

My children, Saunder and Dayton

As the parent of two kids, taking action to end bullying is important to me because I want every child to be able to be who they are, freely and without fear of ridicule or violence. And I want my kids and their classmates to feel empowered rather than intimidated while at school. I want them to be part of the solution and not the problem. I want them to know that their words and thoughts can be just as hurtful as physical violence. I want to teach my kids to be bold and courageous and speak out when they see others bullying or being bullied. I want my kids to have self confidence and happiness. I want them to be kind and tender people. I want to prevent youth suicide and reduce the instances of violence in our young people.

Most of all, I want my kids to be free to explore every possibility within themselves without barriers and bring their full selves to the table.

Be courageous, be you.

Julie Childs, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

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