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McNary High School ~ Keizer, Oregon

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Student activists under the guidance of  Mr. Jim Taylor, Director of Choirs, created an elective “Hands and Words Are Not For Hurting Project Class” promoting widespread participation in the Purple Hands Pledge to end abuse and violence in their homes, school, community and internationally.

The Hands Project’s most recent international partnership was formed with the Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA) and their Director, Marietha Oelofse.  FAMSA created a program entitled “Violence Awareness Program” to work with children in their schools as a tool to be used by educational trainers to seriously address the issues which help to perpetuate violence in the home and society.  They found the Hands Project on the internet and thought “it was a stunning idea”!  In just one short year a strong alliance has begun.

Funding was not possible for FAMSA to purchase Hands Project materials.  The Hands Project Director asked McNary High School if they would be willing to raise money to send “Hands” materials to the participating schools in South Africa. Their answer was a resounding YES!

Students in the Hands Project Class and Fine Arts Department performed a benefit concert entitled “A Night of Hope” raising $1500.00.  Their goal was achieved!  Official Hands Project materials were shipped to over 25 schools who have implemented the Purple Hands Pledge.   The schools are located in city of Potchefstroom in the Northwest Provence of South Africa.  McNary High School students efforts reached over 4000 students that impacted the children’s lives with amazing results according to FAMSA Director.  She said, “I am amazed  at the fact that a school community would go to the trouble to do a fundraising to help us towards our project.”

The McNary students are overjoyed with the difference they have made in this endeavor!

THANK YOU!

(Pledge Banner shown above in combination English and South Africa’s native language Afrikaan).

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Klamath CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Klamath CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION Klamath County, OR

Klamath CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION (CAP) is an action group made up of a dozen local State, County, and Federal agencies along with private individuals to promote awareness and prevention of child abuse and neglect in Klamath County, Oregon.

Children from the Klamath KID Center mark the final day of April's Child Abuse Prevention Month by leading the participants in the Hands and Words Are Not For Hurting Pledge at the 'Creating Hope for Our Community' rally outside the Klamath County Government Center.

Children from the Klamath KID Center mark the final day of April's Child Abuse Prevention Month by leading the participants in the Hands and Words Are Not For Hurting Pledge at the 'Creating Hope for Our Community' rally outside the Klamath County Government Center.

CAP learned about the Hands Project in the fall of 2007 and felt that it was an excellent program that they would like to bring to their area and support as a year-round project.  Michael Kaibel, Prevention Coordinator, Klamath CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION (CAP) demonstrates the “Power of One” to encourage and inspire a community to unite in this simple yet powerful Pledge to end abuse and violence wherever it exists….

Since September 2008 Klamath CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION (CAP) has gained support and endorsements for the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project® and their film Power of One from over 65 agencies, organizations, public officials, school administrators, businesses, etc. (more…)

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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

The Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project® and Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing have forged an exciting partnership that continues to grow.  Over the last several years, Nursing students have implemented the Hands & Words Project in schools in Baltimore with stories of success and enthusiasm.

Nursing students host community fair and paint Purple Hands on students in the Virgin Islands, while teaching the participants all about the Hands & Words Project Pledge!

Nursing staff and students have also implemented the Hands & Words Project in various schools and community organizations throughout the Virgin Islands, receiving overwhelming support and positive feedback. (more…)

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Walnut Middle School

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Walnut Middle School, Grand Island, NE-Partner Since 2000

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Students prepare Hands & Words float for "Harmony of Harvest" parade October 2007. Thousands gather from all over the state in Grand Island to watch the annual event.

“Anyone visiting Walnut Middle School on any day of the school year will see everything at Walnut come to a halt at 8:05am, when every student and every adult in the building, led by student volunteers on the intercom, repeat the United States Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Purple Hands Pledge. Students know that taking the Pledge each morning is a promise to take responsibility for their words and their actions during the day! …teachers and support staff have continually emphasized the importance of respect and responsibility …in the classroom and in informal student interactions.” —Vikki Deuel, Principal and Mary Ann Richards, Counselor

June 2005, Operation Respect & the Don’t Laugh At Me Program selected Walnut Middle School, Grand Island, Nebraska as one of five schools in the United States and Canada to receive recognition as a model for positive change in schools. On June 30-July 1, 2005 at Operation Respect’s national symposium in Washington, D.C. representatives from Walnut Middle School presented their results which highlighted the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project. Participants included national and state education organizations, leading government officials, educators, and researchers. The goal of the symposium was to demonstrate conclusively that schools can transform their environment. (more…)

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Commission on the Status of Women

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Commission on the Status of Women, Glendale, CA

Commission on the Status of Women is an advisory commission to the City Council comprised of 7 Council-appointed commissioners who are members of the community.

The Commission has adopted the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project as their signature city-wide anti-violence campaign in junction with the Glendale Unified School District. Over 28,000 students participated in the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Pledge this school year; this number has increased over the several years.
The Gathering of Sisters": A Women's Fair, which brought together over 65 community service and support organizations and city departments as well as five local artists in a terrific educational event and art exhibit for the public."

The Gathering of Sisters": A Women's Fair, which brought together over 65 community service and support organizations and city departments as well as five local artists in a terrific educational event and art exhibit for the public."

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