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A pajama party confronts bullying in Oak Lawn

It’s Spirit Week at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and Tuesday had students and staff coming to school in pajamas in order to “put bullying to bed,” writes Trashante Watkins in the Richards Herald student newspaper.

Why pajamas? you may wonder. One senior had an immediate answer:

“You simply can’t go wrong with pajama day,” she was quoted as saying. “Everybody has pajamas, so students wouldn’t have to buy anything special. Also, if everyone is dressed in pajamas nobody can really make fun of a person in pajams.”

Anti-bullying has become a theme for the entire week, which is hosted at the school in Chicago’s near-south suburbs by the S.A.D.D. Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions).

The national SADD organization, which stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions, is sponsoring a video/meme contest. One high school or college student who enters a short video will win $5,000 and four tickets to a Taylor Swift concert.

The video contest this year, for which winners will be announced in April (deadline is March 6), is focusing on distracted driving as one of many destructive decisions teens can make. The message of the video has to be one of the following:

  • Friends don’t let friends drive distracted.
  • It’s not cool to drive distracted.
  • Ideas for breaking distracted driving habits
  • Even though our parents drive distracted, we won’t.
  • Distracted drivers can’t be defensive drivers.
  • Distracted driving is selfish, disrespectful, and inconsiderate.
  • Big brothers and sisters must model distraction-free driving for their younger siblings.
  • Caring friends will speak up when driven distracted by others even if it may be uncomfortable to do so.

Judging is based on originality, creativity, and adherence to the contest rules. Certainly, students can be more creative than some of the proposed themes. So get to work.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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