Tulalip Youth Services continue their third annual “Unity Month” with efforts to promote kindness and anti-bullying by holding a Kindness Dance on Oct. 11.
“For the month of October it’s Unity Month and each week has a theme” relating to mental health and well-being, said Deyamonta Diaz, one of the organizers of the event.
The first week was about suicide prevention, while the second week was about promoting kindness.
Tulalip employees hoped to do a little more for this week than they have in the past.
“Since we started this for the elementary level we’ve done flyers and promotional stuff, but this year we wanted to have an event to make them feel good and welcome them,” said Diaz.
Malory Simpson, one of the organizers of the event, said that they began looking for a more active event for local students.
“It just started out by looking up things we could do for kindness week and seeing what other cities and states are doing,” she said.
The dance at Quil Ceda Tulalip Elementary was meant to bring kids together and have a good time.
“As long as I’ve been here I don’t think we’ve ever had a dance. It’s something different to get the kids active and hopefully promote kindness,” she said.
Other staff members said that it’s been a while since any kind of dance was held at the elementary school.
“We haven’t done the dance before. We were actually talking with the school staff and they said this is the first dance that they’ve had in a while and it is something that the kids are hopefully looking forward to,” said Diaz.
Organizers hoped that the kids would appreciate the positive event and get to know each other.
“Hopefully it’s opening more relationships between the kids,” said Simpson.
“We have some activities like going out and talking to someone you don’t know or complimenting your neighbor that we’re going to do,” she said.
Diaz also hoped that the dance would make students feel safe in their school and trusting of the people around them.
“The main thing is enjoying the event and feeling like their school is a safe, fun, caring environment,” said Diaz. “So they can feel like it is a second home to them. They are at school for a lot of their day and we want them to feel like it is a place that they want to be,."
Tulalip Youth Services are running more activities through the month of October in honor of Unity Month and the full list is available at tulalipyouthservices.com.