Thursday, September 28, 2023

The city is calling on residents to ‘accept, include, and be kind’

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pexels)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pexels)

VIRGINIA BEACH — October is Bullying Prevention Month and the city’s Parks & Recreation Department is taking part by celebrating its second annual Unity Week through Saturday.

After a successful launch in 2018, VBPR is teaming up with other city departments including Libraries, Cultural Affairs, Human Services, the Volunteer Office, the Communications Office, and the Virginia Aquarium to spread the message even further, officials said

The purpose of the week is to promote the inclusion and acceptance of all individuals in our community.

The week will culminate with a unity celebration at Mount Trashmore on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. that will include live performances, dance, yoga, food trucks, children’s activities, participating community organizations and more.

Some ways to get involved with the unity movement include:

  • Share a special recipe that represents your unique culture or heritage by participating in our online recipe exchange. Find a shared recipe that someone else has submitted and treat your taste buds to a new flavor outside of your comfort zone.
  • Take a picture with the traveling “Be the I in Unity” banner to post online. The schedule of banner locations can be found on the website.
  • Participate in a free group fitness classat one of the recreation centers.

​To learn more about Unity Week, view the entire schedule of activities, or find out how to get involved, visit Residents can also share their own unity messages on social media by using #VBunity.

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