April 28, 2009
>You were successfully silent, now speak to us!
We congratulate all of you for participating in the 13th Annual National Day of Silence! Your silence spoke volumes by calling attention to anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. Awareness activities like the DOS can help make schools safer. Now it’s time to learn from your event and the experiences of other organizers. Please let us know how it went for you by commenting on this blog post.
Here is a sample of a story from last year’s DOS, and questions to help guide your feedback:
A student from Florida reports: I go to a very small school where there are only about 30 kids in the whole high school so it made it a bit more difficult. I got one of my classmates to be a part of it with me. We accomplished a lot on that day because at least we let people know that it’s ok to speak out no matter what sexual orientation you are. My teacher congratulated me on being involving in the Day of Silence.
Guiding questions for submitting a story:
1. Have you participated in the Day of Silence before?
2. What type of school do you go to, small or large, public or private, rural, urban, or suburban?
3. How many people participated or supported your Day of Silence event?
4. Did anything extraordinary happen?
5. Were there supportive teachers?
6. Did you have a Breaking the Silence event?