Kindness, Inclusion, and Awareness Suggested Activities and Ideas
- Be kind to the student being bullied. Show them that I care by including them. Sit with them at lunch or on the bus, talk to them at school, or invite them to do something.
- Bring about positive change by learning how my school can become a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. The program brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities through education, sports, and youth leadership to provide them with the knowledge, attitudes, and skill necessary to create and sustain school communities that promote acceptance, respect, and human dignity.
- Compose daily announcements about issues that impact students (e.g., bullying, cyberbullying, dating violence, depression). Provide local, state, and/or national resources to support peers at risk.
- Coordinate a #NoOneEatsAloneDay which teaches everyone how to make friends at lunch.
- Create an arts-integrated bullying prevention program or an art exhibit featuring work by students that explore the topic of bullying.
- Develop activities that include a daily kindness challenge and weekly collaborative competition where working together is a key to success.
- Download an app called Sit With Us—where students can sign up as ambassadors for a Sit With Us club and agree to post open lunch events where everyone will be included.
- Establish an event where everyone is invited to do something creative together—games and/or art projects.
- Help organize an event where students read the same book on the negative impact of bullying and/or verbal abuse and discuss.
- Mentor elementary students who might be the target of bullying.
- Organize a community-wide screening of a movie addressing peer mistreatment followed by a discussion.
- Organize a school-wide unity/peace march to promote tolerance and respect for individual differences.
- Participate in the “No Place for Hate,” a school-wide program to improve and maintain a positive school climate so all students can thrive.
- Practice random acts of kindness at school.
- Put together activities that focus on empathy and compassion by organizing volunteer events in the community.
- Run a #PositivePostitDay to help flip the script on bullying.
- Set up a buddy support system for students who are new to the school.
- Share inspirational messages that motivate students to act kindly toward each other.
- With permission of school officials, make a permanent school mural that incorporates statements from the whole school community about standing together against bullying.
Send us an email and tell us (or show us with an audio or visual attachment) what you are doing in your school as an OK2SAY Ambassador.
Participate in activities that promote student safety and increase kindness and inclusion:
- Consult with school officials to place OK2SAY posters, stickers, or other OK2SAY promotional material on the school building.
- Create social media resources that promote OK2SAY.
- Design OK2SAY advertisements in my school paper.
- Develop OK2SAY videos or audios to use during school announcements. Alternatively, consider using the videos or audios available on the OK2SAY website.
- Encourage students at my school to become an OK2SAY ambassador.
- Organize a school-wide event that focuses the student body on bullying, cyberbullying, depression, self-harm, or suicide. Bring in speakers who can help address topics that impact the safety and well-being of students, including OK2SAY as a resource.
- Write articles for my school paper promoting OK2SAY.