Unity Day advocates awareness for anti-bullying

Orange was worn by various staff and students, and could be seen throughout the hallways on Oct. 24th, 2018. That day marks the first Unity Day at WHS, which was put on by the sociology classes. They urged everyone to wear orange in support of anti-bullying, and hung up orange posters and other decorations around the school.

Some students, who were involved in its productions, thought many people loved the idea of a Unity Day. “Sociology decided to do a Unity Day at school as a way of promoting bullying prevention. This was our teacher’s idea, since she would always say that bullying was a big problem that could be reduced, of course. I feel like many people loved the idea. Of course not everyone was wearing orange, but during lunch periods with all the sociology tables out, there were opportunities for people to participate, like tying an orange band on their wrist or bag. A small gesture, but it still shows they were a part of it. I loved helping with Unity Day because so many people were willing to sign our poster and/or asked us if they can. Also people got excited about getting a ribbon to wear and it made me so happy because I love knowing that what I’m doing makes other people happy,” Rosemary Sales, senior, said.

More students agree it was good idea, but it did not have too much participation. “It was a good idea, but nobody cared about it and that’s sad,” Kazu Quigley, sophomore, said.

Other students believed Unity Day was an effective experience. “Students were actually really positive about it which surprised me. I thought people would blow it off just because bullying is a common topic, but it was interesting to see how people engaged with it. I liked seeing all of the students actually taking it seriously,” Morgan Tadish, senior, said.

“I definitely thought it was effective because so many people were aware that Unity Day was happening and everyone had so much pride in what they were doing when promoting that day,” Sales said.

Students not involved in the day’s production still believed it should continue in the future with more participation. “I thought it was cool. The day before, I really wanted everyone to come together and unify, but nobody did so I was sad. I think it should continue in the future, but I want people to actually do it,” Nicole Goldman, sophomore, said.