Spread the Word to End the Word

Did your school or community host a Spread the Word event? Upload pictures of your pledge banner on the website and we will tally the pledges for the r-word.org pledge counter! For more information on the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign visit www.r-word.org.



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41 responses to “Spread the Word to End the Word”

  1. Anthony says :

    Hey All,

    This is a picture of our STW/ETW banner here at HQ. Can’t wait to see yours!

  2. gail moschitta says :

    No one regardless of ability should ever be labeled.

  3. Bridget Young says :

    Whiteland High School, Indiana collected signatures March 2nd at a transition fair!

  4. Best Buddies Suffolk University says :

    Best Buddies Suffolk University Supports “Spread The Word To End The Word”

  5. AMS Best Buddies says :

    Had a great turn out having kids sign the banner during lunch shifts.

  6. UMBC Best Buddies says :

    University of Maryland Baltimore County supports the elimination of the improper use of the r-word.

  7. Mooresville High School Best Buddies says :

    Signatures from Mooresville High School (Mooresville, IN) after day 1 of our Best Buddies Club’s 3-day “Spread the Word to End the Word” pledge drive!

  8. Lexington High School Best Buddies says :

    This is the Lexington High School banner. We managed to get all these signatures within three lunch blocks(approximately 1 1/2 hours)! Great job everyone!!

  9. Patty Myers says :

    West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida

    Spread The Word To End The Word ROCKS!

    We had newsclips on the announcments and had our banner out Monday through Wednesday this week and got a ton of signatures and pledges to stop using the word retard. Hope to get more Orange County, Florida schools to do it next year.

  10. Lindsay Steig says :

    The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s “Spread the Word to End the R-Word” banner.

  11. Catholic University of America Best Buddies says :

    On March 3rd, 2010 the Best Buddies Chapter at Catholic University held a pledge drive to collect signatures of support to end the r-word. After the campaign, the community was invited to have mass and enjoy a pasta dinner with the buddies, a tradition that has taken place at Catholic for many years.

  12. Best Buddies Suffolk University says :

    I pledge to show respect to everyone.

  13. Sarah Kendall says :

    My name is Sarah Kendall And i think it is a good thing to stop the R-Word: so go to http://www.r-word.org now and Pledge and be Heard to help.

  14. ann marie dooley says :

    At Harwich High School our Spread the Word to End the Word was hosted by the Best Buddies program and our Peer Leadership program. We got signatures from almost everyone in our school (our school consists of roughly 400 students)! Harwich High School pledges to show respect to everyone!

  15. Best Buddies Nevada-Durango High School says :

    Best Buddies Nevada, Durango High School “Spread the Word to End the R-Word” banner.

  16. Best Buddies Nevada-Basic High School says :

    Best Buddies Nevada, Basic High School “Spread the Word to End the R-Word” banner.

  17. Best Buddies Nevada- Basic High School says :

    Best Buddies Nevada, Basic high School banner

  18. Best Buddies Nevada-Bonanza High School says :

    Best Buddies Nevada, Bonanza High School “Spread the Word to End the R-Word” banner

  19. Best Buddies Nevada-Arbor Veiw High School says :

    Best Buddies Nevada, Arbor View High School “Spread the Word to End the R-Word” banner.

  20. Harwich High School says :

    Harwich High School takes tremendous pride in respecting and appreciating all of our students. The R-Word campaign fits in beautifully with ongoing efforts at the school.

  21. Rebecca says :

    BBIN’s STWETW Banner, including signatures from the 2010 Mardi Gras Gala and Spring Friendship Focus Conference in Indianapolis!

  22. Best Buddies Southport-RISE says :

    The Best Buddies Southport/RISE chapter in Indiana organized a pledge drive during four lunch periods on March 3rd. Approximately 137 students and teachers signed the pledge!!

  23. Albuquerque High says :

    Albuquerque High’s first event-R word Signatures collected 190!

  24. University of New Mexico says :

    UNM collected-105 signatures!

  25. Albuquerque Thunderbirds Game says :

    Best Buddies New Mexico-Thunderbirds Day 3/5/10-155 Signatures!

  26. Cibola High School-Albuquerque NM says :

    Cibola collected 378 signatures!

  27. Rio Rancho High School-Rio Rancho NM says :

    Rio Rancho collected 562!

  28. Westfield High says :

    Westfield High school placed signs all around the school

  29. Westfield High says :

    We at WHS did a display case and it is located in the school cafeteria

  30. Westfield High says :

    More Pic

  31. Westfield High says :

    We made a Video and after the video was played to the entire school we had kids and staff sign banners

  32. Westfield High says :

    We made posters of our class and put them around the school

  33. Westfield High says :

    Westfield’s video

  34. Bridgtet Young says :

    Franklin Central HS, Indianapolis, collected signatures at their annual Best Buddies Dance March 12.

  35. nicole whalen says :

    Rockdale School in Illinois has pledged to spread the word to end the word by signing a banner during lunch. For every staff member and student who signs the banner our chapter will donate $1 to the special olympics!

  36. Michelle Rullan says :

    Students from NYU School of Medicine boothed a table all day on 3.03.10 in Bellevue Hospital. Bellevue is the public hospital in the heart of NYC, filled with people in the halls all day long. We engaged health care professionals, hospital staff, and patients about ending the use of the R-word in demeaning way. WE got 96 pledges!!

  37. Abby Williams says :

    The Owen Valley High School Best Buddies chapter recently held “Disability Awareness Days” during the lunches at their school. Part of the activities was a pledge wall where students could sign their names to R’s to say that they will stop using the R-word and start replacing it with Respect.

  38. Gabe Trinidad says :

    I took it around an elementary school and got a few signatures, but a little makes a enormous change!! -Gabe

  39. Julia White says :

    Best Buddies and Council for Exceptional Children hosted an End-the-R-Word table on March 31, 2010 at The College of New Jersey. We got over 150 signatures!

  40. Cynthia Kim says :

    The members of the Adlai E. Stevenson High School Best Buddies Chapter encouraged students and faculty to sign their name on table cloths, pledging to end the R-word, during lunch periods 3/17/10. We emphasized that this was not a violation of the 1st amendment- we only want to spread awareness that the R-word, although commonly used to mean a different adjective, is hurtful to those with intellectual disabilities as well as their family and friends. Buddies, peers, and associates alike worked together to spread the word the end the word.

  41. Brooke Tharp says :

    Mt Vernon High School supports Spread the Word to End the Word!

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