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Proclamation designates week of Oct. 15 – 21

On Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, the McMinnville School Board declared October 15 – 21 as “Hands & Words Are Not for Hurting Week,” with the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, a community without abuse and violence is a dream we all share; and

WHEREAS, any form of mistreatment of another is abuse, and all people have a right to live free of above and violence; and

WHEREAS, we recognize that respect for ourselves and others is key to developing healthy relationships at every age and in all circumstances; and

WHEREAS, it is within our personal power to choose not to use abuse and to violence to resolve conflict; and

WHEREAS, verbal and emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical violence to a person’s self-worth, creating scars that are carried for the rest of that person’s life; and

WHEREAS, verbal abuse such as name calling, insulting, and belittling frequently escalates to physical aggression which often turns to serious violence; and

WHEREAS, we, recognize and support the efforts of District staff and our community in promoting respect and equality for all people, teaching conflict resolution behaviors, and helping students learn how to stop abusive cycles, and

NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Directors of the McMinnville School District Proclaims the week of October 15th through 21st, 2023, to be the Annual HANDS & WORDS ARE NOT FOR HURTING WEEK in the McMinnville School District.

We call upon our community to observe the week and encourage everyone to take the Pledge:

“I Will Not Use My Hands Or My Words For Hurting Myself Or Others”