No name-calling week coming up at end of month

Barnes & Noble and GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, have joined together to combat bullying.  Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest bookseller, has become an official partner of No Name-Calling Week, presented by Cisco. The eighth annual No Name-Calling Week will take place in thousands of schools across the country on Jan. 24-28. Barnes & Noble also declared that January will be No Name-Calling Month in its stores and online.

“We are excited to work with Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Cisco and all of our more than 50 participating organizations to make this the most successful No Name-Calling Week yet,” GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard said. “As the world’s largest bookseller, Barnes & Noble recognizes the opportunity it has to make a difference in young people’s lives, and we applaud the company for spreading the message of respect throughout its stores and online presences.”

“Bringing awareness to the seriousness and severity of name-calling, teasing, bullying and cyber bullying is very important to Barnes & Noble. We’re pleased to be partnering with Simon & Schuster and GLSEN for such an important effort,” said Mary Amicucci, vice president of Children’s Books for Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble has planned the following activities for January:

  • All Barnes & Noble stores will host a national story time event on Jan. 15 at 11 a.m.
  • Jan. 15-23 will be Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Week, during which stores will have No Name-Calling Week materials available for teachers and educators, including book recommendations, tip sheets for organizing No Name-Calling Week events, lesson plans for elementary and middle school students, classroom posters and buttons.
  • Several GLSEN Chapters – Orange County, Phoenix, Rochester, Southeast Michigan and Tampa, and more to be announced – will participate in in-store panel discussions during the week of Jan. 15-23.
  • Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/noname) will feature exclusive video content from bestselling children’s, young adult and adult authors discussing their thoughts and experiences on bullying.
  • Exclusive No Name-Calling articles by James Howe and Jodi Picoult will be featured in the January line-up of the More In Store program available on NOOK, the Barnes & Noble eBook Reader.

No Name-Calling Week, created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in 2004, is an annual week of educational and creative activities designed to end name-calling of all kinds, with lessons and activities for elementary, middle and high schools. The week was inspired by the young adult novel “The Misfits” and is presented in collaboration with more than 50 national education and youth service organizations, including the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the National School Boards Association and the National Education Association.

Hundreds of thousands of students have participated in No Name-Calling Week, which is made possible, in larger part, thanks to a grant from Cisco. This is the sixth year Cisco has supported the program.  Click here to learn more about this anti-bullying initiative and to explore the collection of related books, videos and other resources. Or stop in to your local B&N to check out the No Name Calling display.

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