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Crece Bilingual School in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

[Not a valid template]Crece Bilingual School in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico has been doing the Purple Hands Pledge since 2000 annually during February and in the spring. Children, parents, teachers, and community members take the Purple Hands Pledge at school and community events, totaling an average of 1,500 pledges each year. Participation has grown over the years and the number of community partners has expanded to include local media, police officers, firefighters, and local business owners, to name a few. The local TV station covered a 2011 Hands Project community event that was a tremendous success! Click here to view news footage


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!


US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas

Monday, April 8th, 2013

[Not a valid template]Since 2012 three schools on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands have adopted the Hands Project. An official chapter was established by Judy Barzey, M.D. a mother and practicing endocrinologist. Dr. Barzey has recruited chapter members comprised of local leaders to implement the Hands Project across the island. Separate parent and teacher trainings have been conducted and well received. Ann Kelly provided the trainings and presented at that Youth Gang Violence Summit where high school students from the island attended. Community members welcomed the Hands Project with open arms, celebrating their opportunity to make a lasting positive impact.



South Africa Schools in Potchefstroom

Monday, April 8th, 2013

[Not a valid template]The Families against Violence Awareness Program (FAMSA) adopted the Hands Project in 2010 and has been implemented in forty nine schools in the Northwest Province of South Africa (cities include: Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp, Stilfontein, Orkney, Vryburg and Rustenburg). They have reached over seven thousand students with eighty six percent indicating that taking the Pledge will make a difference in their lives.

“Violence and abuse are at epidemic proportions in our society. By incorporating the goal of the Hands & Words Program to end abuse and violence the cycle of violence can be broken and a step towards a violence free generation becomes a possibility.”



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).



Friday, July 23rd, 2010


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…)


Barton Early Childhood Center

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

[Not a valid template]Children love to give hugs to Purple Pledge Bears! Hands are for hugging! (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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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…)


Walnut Middle School

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

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


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…)