It's a simple message: #BeKind.
NBC4, Apple Federal Credit Union and Prince William County Public Schools are teaming up to help create a culture of kindness and fight bullying in area schools.
We're launching a #BeKind campaign. Write #BeKind on your hands and take a picture -- then tweet it or Instagram it to show that you are joining the cause. Add @nbcwashington and we may use your picture on air or online.
We're starting this in October because it is National Bullying Prevention Month. The month was originally designed as a one-week campaign by the PACER Center, a group that assists young people with disabilities.
Since then, the campaign has expanded into a month-long initiative to fight bullying.
Parkside Middle School, in Prince William County Public Schools, is fighting bullying by creating a culture of kindness. The school participates in Rachel’s Challenge, inspired by the writings of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the 1999 Columbine shootings.
Before her death, Rachel wrote about the need to foster grassroots efforts of kindness not only in schools but also in the surrounding community. She called people to focus on the positive and eliminate an environment where bullying could occur.
Rachel's Challenge assembly will be held on the morning of Oct. 5 at Parkside Middle School.
Join NBC4 and our partners and show us your pictures: #BeKind.