In support of October as National Bullying Prevention Month, Scholastic and global superstar Taylor Swift will present an exclusive video featuring an inspiring, personal conversation about how reading and writing can help kids “shake off” mean comments and open their world.
The 30-minute exclusive video will air on Scholastic.com beginning on October 29 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. You can register to watch this meaningful video here. Taylor will also share the books that have most influenced her and a never before seen clip from behind the scenes at one of her recent music videos.
In a nod to her multi-week No. 1 international smash hit single, “Shake It Off,” Taylor will discuss how music helps her shake off the tough moments in life. Following the video, students can enter Scholastic’s “This is How I Shake it Off” writing contest* for the chance to win tickets and a meet-and-greet for two at an upcoming Taylor Swift concert, along with accompanying flights and accommodations. Additional prizes for runners up include a signed guitar and signed copies of Taylor’s new “1989” CD. Students in grades 3-8 attending a U.S. school can enter the contest by submitting a one-page creative essay or poem about how they shake off mean comments and hard times. More details, Official Rules and the contest entry form can be found at: www.scholastic.com/
*For Teachers: Articles and tips about how to address bullying in classrooms, available at: http://www.scholastic.com/
*For Parents: A guide to the sensitive issue of bullying, including lists of anti-bullying books for every age and expert advice available at: http://www.scholastic.com/
As part of Scholastic’s Open a World of Possible reading initiative, the company hopes to encourage conversations in classrooms, at home and online (with #SharePossible) so teachers, parents and children can share ideas and advice about simple ways to incorporate more reading busy lives.
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