United in Kindness: A Community Response to Stop Bullying

United in Kindness is a collaborative program, which includes several local non-profit and government organizations and the Frederick County Public School System, who share an  interest in addressing issues of bullying in our schools and communities. The Coalition promotes anti-bullying efforts through awareness, education and community forums. 

Character Playbook was designed for middle school students as a way to prioritize and deal with bullying, as well as the rapidly increasing suicide rate, as a result of that. The program consists of six online modules designed to increase students' understanding of how to address scenarios involving topics such as when and how to intervene in a conflict, selecting appropriate channels for communication, and following steps to make smart decisions. 


Rachel's Challenge

Named after Rachel Scott, one of the high schoolers murdered in the Columbine shootings, this event challenges students to actively promote kindness and compassion towards others in an effort to stop bullying and increase tolerance.

Parents of middle and high school students, their children, and members of the community participated in a free program promoting kindness and respect. Click here to learn more about the event, or here to read the Frederick News Post's coverage of the event

In addition, students from middle schools across Frederick County participated in Rachel's Challenge at Frederick Community College.

Click to read a blog post by a student who was deeply affected by the Challenge.

Read here about students standing together against bullying.

To find out more or to get involved, contact Veronica Henry at United Way. 

These efforts in Frederick County are aligned with the national initiative to stop bullying in our communities.


STOP Bullying Information

FAQ on Navigating Bullying with Your Child (English)
FAQ on Navigating Bullying with Your Child (Spanish) 

FCPS Parent and Student Bullying Prevention Guide

FCPS Bullying Incident Form


The Gazette

United Way launches anti-bullying program in middle schools, via The Frederick News-Post

United Way's Character Playbook program will be available in all FCPS middle schools, via LocalDVM