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No Name-Calling Week (Jan 24-28)

Today marks the beginning of No Name-Calling Week.
What is No Name-Calling Week? No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.
THE HISTORY OF THE NO NAME-CALLING WEEK PROJECT No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled"The Misfits" by popular author, James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. Motivated by the inequities they see around them, the"Gang of Five" (as they are known) creates a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. Though they lose the election, they win the support of the school's principal for their cause and their idea for a"No Name-Calling Day" at school.
Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition, created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, and consisting of over 40 national partner organizations, organized an actual No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation during the week of March 1-5, 2004.
This year, No Name-Calling Week will take place the week of January 24-28, 2011. The project seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools, and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.

How can you help?
There are many ways you can help spread the word. You can download buttons and badges for your blog, become a fan on facebook, or create your own blog post highlighting the event and books against bullying.

Random House is one of the supporters of this event and they have a variety of books that discuss bullying.

Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig; Illustrated by Beth Adams ( Tricycle Press / on sale August 24, 2010 / Ages 8-12)
Gossip from the Girls' Room: A Blogtastic! Novel By Rose Cooper ( Delacorte Press / on sale January 11, 2011 / Ages 10 & up)

Orchards By Holly Thompson ( Delacorte Press / on sale February 8, 2011 / Ages 12 & up) Jumpstart the World By Catherine Ryan Hyde ( Alfred A. Knopf / on sale October 12, 2010 / Ages 14 & up)
You can also check out books from Simon & Schuster. They, along with GLSEN first came up with No Name-Calling week back in 2004. You can click on any of the banners above, or here, to get to the main site.

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