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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!


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



Sunday, March 15th, 2009

domesticviolencedv101 CAP, A partnership of a dozen local, county and state agencies endorse efforts to implement Hands & Words Project countywide. – Klamath Falls, OR (more…)


Public Safety Academy, San Bernardino, CA

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

6th – 12th grade students interested in Public Safety careers take Pledge daily – Public Safety Academy, San Bernardino, CA

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Polytechnic Lyceum, Khabarovsk Russia

Sunday, August 15th, 2004

russ2 During a recent visit to the Oregon State Capitol, Salem OR 3 Russian students, Hands Project founder Ann Kelly, teacher Olga Volnycheva and Oregon Senator Kate Brown.First school in Russia to implement the Hands Project! Students at Polytechnic take The Pledge every day! (more…)


Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week 2002

Sunday, October 20th, 2002

19k YWCA PETTALS Peace Ambassadors invite community to take the "HandsUnity Pledge" against racism and hate crimes during YWCA's Nat'l Week Without Violence and Nat'l Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week Largo, FloridaHands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week – Oregon (October 20-26, 2002) (more…)


Boys & Girls Club of Salem

Friday, October 18th, 2002

russian-visit-to-salem-boys The Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Oregon take the pledge.



National Youth Summit on Preventing Violence

Saturday, February 16th, 2002

15j Youth Summit Card featuring McGruff the Crime Dog®National Youth Summit on Preventing Violence, Washington D.C. (Feb 16-19, 2002) (more…)


Hands Week kick-off event in Portland

Wednesday, October 31st, 2001

16b Pledge wall in Portland City Hall]Hands Week kick-off event in Portland – Portland, OR City Hall (October, 2001) (more…)


Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week 2001

Sunday, October 14th, 2001

17a Mom & kids Pledge together at Salem Center Mall - Salem, ORHands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week – Salem, OR (October 14-20, 2001) (more…)


Sprague High School (Salem, OR)

Sunday, October 7th, 2001

9a Students trace their hands and take The PledgeSprague High School – Salem, Or – First high school in the nation to take The Pledge (more…)