Written by Michele Breslin, teacher at Brown Junior Public School.
Prior to our Day of Silence, we met many times with our World Changers group at Brown Junior Public School to talk about the meaning of We are Silent, to make signs and write announcements. Our class held a bake sale the day before the Day of Silence to further raise awareness and funds and we raised $940 in 15 minutes!
To raise awareness about the campaign, our World Changers made signs as well as gave announcements throughout the week leading up to the Day of Silence. We also had a Free The Children speaker come in and talk to the entire school about Free The Children’s Adopt a Village programs as well as the We are Silent campaign.
On April 18th, we started off the day with our World Changersholding signs outside in the yard with tape over their mouths so that kids and parents coming into the school knew right away it was the Day of Silence. We also had the same kids at the end of each recess at entry doors and spread throughout the school holding signs reminding everyone to enter into the school in silence. We had 2 whole-school periods of silence after recesses and many kids remained silent all day!
We made a “graffiti wall” where kids could draw pictures or write what the day of silence and anti-bullying meant to them. Every child was also given a pledge sheet to collect pledges for their silence. We will have the final tally of the pledges soon!
To learn more about Free The Children’s We are Silent campaign, visit www.freethechildren.com/wearesilent