Sample Press Release
Here is a generic press release that can be tailored for the community or school using it. This document contains broad information about the history of the Pledge and the kinds of activities that students frequently participate in as a part of the Days of National Concern. Feel free to use and adapt this press release to communicate with radio stations, television stations, or community centers.
For Immediate Release
October 16, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR OCTOBER 22
Schools and Communities Observe a "Day of National Concern about
Young People and Gun Violence" on October 22
On October 22, the 18th annual Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence, millions of students from around the country will join together in pledging to do their part to end gun violence. From Honolulu to New York City, young people will be signing a voluntary pledge: “I will never carry a gun to school; I will never use a gun to settle a personal problem or dispute; and I will use my influence with my friends to keep them from using guns to settle disputes.” A different pledge is used for elementary-aged children.
In light of the recent tragedies at schools all over the country there is no better time to give students a way to respond and participate in ensuring their safety and the safety of those around them. The Student Pledge is a way to start the conversation about gun violence with children and adolescents affected by these shootings. "Linking students around the country in one observance is important," said National Coordinator, Mary Lewis Grow. "It underscores the fact that violence is not inevitable, it is the sum total of individual decisions. Individually and collectively, young people are an incredibly powerful force for change."
Since the first Day of National Concern in 1996, more than 10 million young people have participated in the national youth anti-gun-violence campaign. The signing of the Pledge is the cornerstone of a day, often weeks in the planning, that may include school assemblies, speakers, rallies, essay and poetry contests, displays of art work publicizing the toll of gun violence, and the beginning of many conversations about gun violence between students and adults.
The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence web site, www.pledge.org, includes suggested activities, references to appropriate resources, and curriculum ideas. Questions can be directed to 507-645-5378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.