Community to wear orange in support of bully free schools

Santa Rosa Beach — Kellyanne Bartleson, Founder & Creator of online family resource guide,, announces’s 2nd Annual COLOR THE COAST ORANGE #UnityDay2016. The multiple county-wide event will take place on Wednesday, October 19th and schools, families, businesses and the entire community can participate. Last year, Kellyanne requested and received a Proclamation from Governor Scott declaring October as National Bullying Prevention Month when students, schools and communities come together to raise awareness against bullying. It’s simple: On October 19th, just wear orange, uniting the entire community to make a widespread statement that bullying needs to end. WEAR ORANGE to work, school, practice, sports, wherever: shirts, nail polish, orange hair extensions, hats, ties, shoes, shoe laces, wristbands, etc. Make “#UnityDay” orange ribbons. Schools: Have anti-bullying lessons and make banners. Families: Tie an orange ribbon around your mailbox or decorate your front door. Businesses: Give discounts to customers who come in wearing orange on Oct 19th. Don’t forget to take pictures, post and use #ECKUnityDay #UnityDay2016 on social media to help spread the word. Visit to join and share the event.

Bullying is a serious issue that impacts the educational, physical and emotional health, safety and well-being of at least 1 in 3 students. Bullying can lead to depression, anxiety disorders, poor grades and could have lasting effects. To raise awareness against bullying, PACER launched the National Bullying Prevention Center. In conjunction with PACER’s yearly, international anti-bullying movement, #UnityDay, wants to COLOR THE COAST ORANGE on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

Asked why she wanted to start this yearly event, Kellyanne said, “I am passionate about this cause, having been personally bullied myself in elementary school. I want my daughters, their friends & classmates to grow up in a safe, bully-free and HAPPY community. There are too many suicides and teen mental health is at an all-time high… many attributed to bullying. We live in such a special place and I have no doubts that together, we can learn to accept each other and come together against bullying.”

About Created in late 2014, is the most comprehensive, online family resource guide covering Okaloosa and Walton Counties. The website was designed to provide locals & visitors with up-to-date info on all things kids, teens & families. It includes links to events & local calendars; places & things to do (indoor/outdoor attractions, shopping, fishing, boating, beach cams); education (schools, bus info, calendars, STEM, special needs); child-care (baby-sitters, preschools); activities (lessons, sports, swim, art, drama, golf, music, sewing); birthday party ideas; teen issues (driving, college resources, mental health); summer (camp listings & vacation ideas); and other useful info such as emergency contacts, community service, fitness & nutrition, pet info, DIY/crafts, cooking/recipes, churches, kids eat free, happy hours and more. For sponsorship info or free listings, visit or contact Kellyanne at (850) 797-4656 or

About PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center: Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides resources and tools to address bullying in schools, the community and online. PACER recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students. For more info, visit