HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Schools around the state joined together for the 'Spread the Word to End the Word' campaign on Wednesday to raise awareness of the devastating effects of the derogatory use of the word 'retard.'
The day's activities gathered general education and special education students to participate in lunchtime rallies, sign waving, games and other activities to raise awareness on the importance of eliminating the use of the word 'retard' as a derogatory term.
Students at Farrington High School took part in an interactive pledge by ripping a piece of paper with the word 'retard' written on it. Members of the school's administration also participated in an ice bucket challenge to raise funds for the school's Friends Program, which includes general education and special education students.
The Spread the Word to End the Word campaign was established by 2009 by youth to rid the derogatory use of the word 'retard' and 'retarded.' The campaign is held on the first Wednesday of March each year.