Stand for the Silent
The following schools have gallaries of events and/or art work that highlight this campaign:
- Burncoat High School
- Canterbury Street Magnet Computer-Based School
- Claremont Academy
- Doherty Memorial High School
- Dr. James A. Caradonio New Citizens Center
- Elm Park Community School
- Flagg Street School
- Francis J. Mcgrath Elementary School
- Heard Street Discovery Academy
- Jacob Hiatt Magnet School
- Nelson Place School
- North High School
- Roosevelt School
- South High Community School
- Tatnuck Magnet School
- Thorndyke Road School
- University Park Campus School
- Vernon Hill School
- Wawecus Road School
- West Tatnuck School
- Woodland Academy
- Worcester Arts Magnet School
- Worcester Technical High School
On Friday April 29th, the Worcester Public Schools took part of the “Stand for the Silent" Day. Stand for the Silent has become one of the leading and most effective anti-bullying organizations, whose mission is to bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes.
All WPS schools distributed pledge cards to have student's sign. The pledge states:
"From this day forward I promise to respect those around me as well as respect myself. I am somebody, and I can make a difference. I can make another feel loved. I can be the helping hand that leads another back to a path of hope and aspiration. I will not stand silent as others try to spread hatred through my community. Instead, I pledge to lift up these victims, and show them that their life matters. I will be the change because I am somebody."
Stand for the Silent was started in 2010 by a group of students from the Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City Upward Bound Chapter after they heard the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Field-Smalley. At eleven years-old, Ty took his own life after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying him for over two years.
Stand for the Silent exists as a platform to allow Kirk and Laura to share their story and offer education and tools that will prevent their tragedy from happening to another child and family. Kirk and Laura’s mission is to continue to change kids’ lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes. Since May 2010, Kirk and Laura Smalley have traveled to over a thousand schools and spoken with more than 1,000,000 kids. In March 2011, Kirk and Laura met privately with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in The White House prior to attending the first ever White House conference on bullying. Their story is featured in Director Lee Hirsch's feature film, Bully. Kirk and Laura have been invited to a number of conferences on bullying and met with Lady Gaga at the launch of the Born This Way Foundation.