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Include Someone, Make a Difference

October 23, 2019

Say hi. Make rules. Play games that everyone can play.

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, 826 chapters across the country have been sharing ideas and writing stories about ways to stop bullying before it starts through “Include Someone, Make a Difference,” our latest collaboration with Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up initiative and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Earlier this month, 826 Boston students in grades three, four, and five wrote and reflected on the many ways to respond to bullying with inspiration from characters on Cartoon Network. Here is an excerpt of a story from fifth grader, Ibrahim:

Beast Boy gets sad and leaves. “Wait!” Cyborg shouts as he and Starfire chase after him. They keep running until they all stop.

“What do you want?” Beast Boy asks in a sad and annoyed tone.

“We just wanted to include you.” Cyborg explains.

Beast Boy smiles as they walk away.

If you have an idea or story on how to “Include Someone,” we would love for you to share it with us—we are hoping to collect stories from all across the country!

Our push for preventing bullying extends beyond October, too. Enter for a chance to win an Inclusion Storytelling Event, a day-long creative writing celebration focused on creating and sharing stories of inclusion. The event will be held onsite at the selected school in 2020 and conducted by 826 National. Entries are open through World Kindness Day — November 13, 2019 — and the winning school will be selected in early 2020. 

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