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Dean Koontz, Peter Lerangis, and More Discuss the Power of Words for National Bullying Prevention Month

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October may be the season of Jack-O-Lanterns, candy corn, and ghost stories—but for many, it’s also an opportunity to address a pervasive social issue: bullying. Often a learned and cyclical behavior, bullying affects more than 1 in 5 students in the USA. It’s a statistic that PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has worked tirelessly to reduce since launching their first anti-bullying campaign in 2006. Every October, they educate schools, businesses, and communities across the country about bullying prevention and promoting inclusion. Their efforts span from hosting support walks and online pledges to advocating for improved student protection laws. Books, too, can play a role in the movement by being champions for diverse voices. Such stories can broaden children’s understanding of the world…

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