October brings a lot to the table: football Fridays, fall festivals, and funny costumes for Halloween. It’s a jammed packed month with no shortage of great things going on. However, there is one thing special about October that many may be unaware of. October is Anti-Bullying Month, and Salem City Schools proudly participated by hosting a district-wide Unity Day.

Bullying has become a large problem in today’s society. According to DoSomething.org, over 3.2 million students in the U.S. reported having been victims of bullying. In an attempt to curtail bullying, Salem City Schools counselors have organized various activities including Unity Day.

Unity Day took place on Wednesday, October 25th. All throughout the district, students were encouraged to wear red to display unity with fellow classmates. Students at the Jr/Sr High sold candy, the proceeds of which went towards the HERO Club.

The HERO Club stands for Helping Everyone Reach Out, and its goal is to promote kindness by giving back to others. Members of this club help pass out candy during holidays, raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research, and raise money to bring in inspirational speakers for the student body.

Salem City Schools takes pride in having students who are actively changing our world and making a difference in our community. Events such as Unity Day help promote positivity and kindness throughout our district and community. The future is certainly bright for Salem and our surrounding areas.