America’s Safe Schools Week
America’s Safe Schools Week, occurs annually during the third full week in October. The next America’s Safe School Week is October 18-24, 2020. Activities conducted during America’s Safe Schools Week draw attention to the continuing problem of school violence and educate everyone about how schools can be made safer and more secure. National SAVE Day is on Wednesday of this week. Be sure to show your SAVE Promise Club spirit on that day! America’s Safe Schools Week offers an opportunity to address this very important issue and to take steps to ensure that schools offer students and teachers an environment in which they can perform to the best of their abilities.
Suggested Activities for Schools:
- Host a selfie station in the cafeteria. #SafeSchoolsWeek
- Mix it Up at lunch, have students all sit in new places next to people they don’t know.
- Wear Orange 4 Unity Day on October 21st, wear your orange!
- “Reach out to the Un-Reached.” Challenge all students to get to know at least one student they currently do not know well during National Safe Schools Week.
- Create a poster with school safety tips from your SAVE Promise Club.
- Share the Evan Video. Use the discussion guide from the SAVE Promise Club Toolkit to talk about the video and warning signs.
- Bring Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something Program to your school!
- Adopt a SAVE Member. Ask older students to “adopt” younger students in their school – have them serve as their “buddy” throughout the school year.
- Create a Unity Tree to represent your SAVE team!
- Host a tailgate party before a football game and share info on your SAVE Promise Club – post pictures. #TeamSAVE
- Host a trunk or treat in the school/community parking lot. Safe activity for kids and great opportunity to Start with Hello! Hand out your tip sheet with candy!
- Invite School Resource Officers or local law enforcers to make presentations to students on child safety, drug abuse prevention, and juvenile justice practices and policies.
- Coordinate a school safety workshop.
- Develop a suggestion box for suggestions to improve school climate.
- Decorate a bulletin board at the school, library or local business to spread the violence prevention message.
- Coordinate a nonviolence pledge signing. This can be one large banner that all students and faculty can sign or individual pledges that can be signed and then displayed.
- Conduct contests:
- Entire Student Body – challenge all students and faculty to be FIGHT FREE for the entire week. If there are no fights for the entire week, reward the students.
- Class Level – conduct a contest between grade levels to see how many students will sign nonviolence pledges and then remain fight-free for the week.
- Essay/Poetry Contest – conduct a nonviolent essay/poetry contest. Have the winning essay/poem read on Friday at an event or over the morning announcements.
- Poster Contest – Have a poster contest on, “How To Make the World a Better Place” or some other violence prevention theme. Display posters during safe schools week and let students/faculty vote on the winning poster.