Unity to be celebrated during Auburn event

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AUBURN – The public is invited to the second annual Celebration of Unity, a free community event, from 6:30 to 8:05 p.m. Thursday, May 25, hosted by the Auburn School Department. Facilitated by students, the event will highlight the work that has been accomplished this year promoting safe cultures in all of Auburn’s schools. It will include special presentations by students, music and refreshments.

Auburn School Superintendent Barbara Eretzian will kick off the evening by detailing the programs, activities and strategies that occur in schools that facilitate emotional, social, academic and physical safety.

Steve Wessler will bring a global perspective to the event and will share information about the Unity Project, which is designed to help schools deal with bullying, teasing, harassment and the use of degrading language. More than 700 Auburn students in grades six through 12 have been trained through the Unity Project’s Student Leader Project.

Auburn’s four Civil Rights Team will also be in attendance. The mission of the statewide project is to increase safety and to reduce the incidence of bias-motivated harassment and violence in schools.

Auburn students from the Unity Project and Civil Rights Teams will be recognized for their dedication and work this year. Students will offer personal reflections and will perform skits that heighten awareness of degrading language and bullying.

The free event will take place at the Central Maine Community College gym. Music and refreshments will follow.

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