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Tue., Oct. 16, 2007, 4:20 p.m.

Dare not to swear

Members of Madonna Hanna’s Advanced Fashion Marketing class lead the Dare Not To Swear pep rally Wednesday. Photo by James Mange

From the Bremerton Patriot, By James Mange... full article...

Speaking of potty mouths...

"Music, cheers, a skit and a powerpoint presentation greeted the student body at a pep rally in the auditorium" at Bremerton High School this month. It was all the start to a new year and their "Dare not to swear" campaign.

More than 1,000 students swore not to swear in the inaugural program at the school last year, not only pledging not to swear in school themselves, but to enthusiastically encourage others to clean up their language as well.

“Dare Not To Swear” received a $6,000 grant from the Milken Family Foundation, and a smaller grant from the Washington Education Association. The association also awarded the project with a 2007 WEA Human and Civil Rights Student Involvement Award.

The campaign will strive to top last year’s mark with a registration on Tuesday during the lunch periods. The fashion marketing students who created the program will man the registration tables, and the Kitsap Credit Union, Unique Experience and The Candy Shoppe will be on-hand to support the kick off and give away “Dare Not To Swear” merchandise which they have purchased in support of the anti-swearing project.

QUESTION: Would you participate in this campaign? How do you feel about swearing? (Keep it clean, folks...)

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