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We're Taking the Pledge to End the Word!

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The Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester Medical Center

The Harley School - The Upper School is holding an assembly March 2 from 2:20 - 3:00 p.m. featuring a presentation by student James Ciaccia, senior, on the importance of ending the r-word, and a joint performance by the Harley Jazz Band and Arc of Monroe Gregory Street Blues Band. See video of the band playing!

RIT's philanthropic fraternity Phi Kappa Phi

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Ice Cats - Rochester Special Hockey

The Aquinas Institute of Rochester

Golisano Children's Musuem of Naples Florida

Laurence I. Sugarman, MD, ABMH, Director, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation, Institute for Health Sciences and Technology, RIT

Al Sigl Center

Rochester General Health System has spread the word in its internal newsletter, sent an email blast to all system employees, has placed an image on the system's intranet screensaver, has been promoting on Twitter and Facebook, and is putting up posters in the hospital.

Unity Health System

Arc of Monroe County

Lifetime Assistance


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Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester is posting banners at all 3 facilities for staff to sign, posting the message on Intranet with link to r-word.org for staff to pledge, and posting on Facebook page

Webster Schroeder High School students in 12:1:1 Life Skills Class are holding their own pledge day on Wednesday, March 9

Finger Lakes Community College

Heritage Christian Services

The Advocacy Center is distributing t-shirts, including information on their web site, and asking participants at workshops to take the pledge

Geva Theatre is placing an insert in every "Over the Tavern" program

Rochester RazorSharks

MT2MTB (Meeting Together to Make Things Better) hosted an event at the Arnot Mall in Horseheads, NY on March 2nd

Hillside Children's Center's Andrews-Trahey School is encouraging all it's students to take the pledge. Teachers are sharing the newspaper article that was in the D&C on Friday and asking students to sign the pledge. There is a bulletin board in the gym that explains and highlights the pledge. Students are asked to sign their name to show their support.

A Thank You From Tim Shriver, Chairman & CEO of Special Olympics International

Dear Ann:
I can't tell you how wonderful this is and how grateful I am that you, Tom, and the foundation are playing such an amazing leadership role in the Spread the Word campaign (not to mention Healthy Athletes!). I'm sending your note to EVERYONE in our leadership community to remind folks that whether one is committed to health or sports or early childhood or education, one can be a Spread the Word champion and create a tipping point of public awareness that can change whole communities and indeed, countries!
Thanks again for everything.

Please Take the Pledge Today!
Go to www.r-word.org to make a pledge, and to get information and resources on how to Spread the word to end the word! in your school, business or organization.

Tell Us about Your Pledge Activities!
We'd like to recognize what your organization is doing to spreading the word to end the word. To be included email us at info@golisanofoundation.org.

Inspirational words from more of our friends

I applaud you, Tom, and the Golisano Foundation for this campaign. I grew up hearing neighborhood kids make fun of my sister's "retard bus" and to this day the word makes me cringe (and breaks my heart) like no other. I'm passing this on and continuing my pledge to educate others. -- Maryalice Keller, Vice President, Brand & Talent Management
Unity Health System

February 2011