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French Road Elementary, Rochester, NY

Monday, April 8th, 2013


French Road Elementary has partnered with “Hands & Words” since 2009. Students and staff recite the Pledge Daily and Always have their Purple Hands Pledges displayed year round. One of our “Model” Schools that have Effectively Implemented and Sustained our program year after year. They received the US Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Award in 2011.

“Every day after the pledge of allegiance and morning announcements, we state the following pledge, “I will not use my hands or my words for hurting myself or others.”
We don’t just say it each day at FRES, we live it each day through our words and actions! The pledge has become the foundation of our anti-bullying message.”

In the News

New York State Representative Louise M. Slaughter congratulates French Road Elementary School for receiving the US Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Award:

Community is a central component of French Road Elementary School. Its students are not only encouraged to succeed academically but to be constructive members of their communities. In an era where school bullying is far too prevalent, French Road students start their day by reciting the school’s Purple Hand Pledge. It reads, “I will not use my hands or my words for hurting myself or others.” It is a simple message that should be emphasized more throughout school communities around the country.

Purple Hands Dance Video

After using the pledge for the past two years, we wanted to reinvigorate our staff and students with something cool. Several of us watched the Pink Glove Dance videos on Youtube, where hospital staff across the United States danced with pink gloves to bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer and that people are not alone in that fight. We loved the videos, loved the message, and loved “You Won’t Dance Alone.” The song has a positive message that fits perfectly into a no bullying philosophy emphasize that if you are bullied, you are not alone. We are in this together! So – during the 2010-2011 school year, teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, teaching assistants, custodians, nurses, administrators, etc., secretly prepared dance routines while wearing PURPLE gloves. We showed the video to the kids at a special school wide assembly. They loved it! We hope you will too!


Barton Early Childhood Center

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

p1030149_2 Children love to give hugs to Purple Pledge Bear-Hands are for hugging!Children love to give hugs to Purple Pledge Bears! Hands are for hugging! (more…)


Eagle Point Elementary School

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

students-taking-pledge Students Taking the Pledge“This is our third year doing the Hands Pledge and I must tell you, it is such a wonderful program for our students, their families and our community! (more…)


Morningside Elementary School

Tuesday, August 7th, 2001

9i Several hundred student & staff pledges cover main entrance wallMorningside Elementary School (Salem, OR) – Several Hundred Student & Staff Pledges cover Main Entrance Wall (more…)


Daiju Elementary School

Tuesday, August 7th, 2001

9e Principal Yuji Yamaguchi shares his Purple Hand PledgeLiberty Elementary School – Albany, Or – shares the World Vision with Daiju Elementary School (Hachioji City, Japan) (more…)


Warm Springs Elementary School

Monday, August 7th, 2000

14g Warm Springs Indian Nation
Warm Springs Elementary School (more…)


Lincoln Elementary School

Saturday, January 8th, 2000

9k Purple Hands inspired artwork and bannersLincoln Elementary School – Woodburn, Or (more…)


Schools worldwide take The Pledge…

Tuesday, August 31st, 1999

14a Schools across the nation and around the world take The Pledge to end violence!! (more…)