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National Decency Day - May 14

NATIONAL DECENCY DAY

National Decency Day on May 14th celebrates the basic standard of civility that every American deserves. DECENCY is a non-partisan grassroots movement that was launched to inspire decency in everyday life – in both conversations and action. By raising awareness, the movement aims to encourage schools and local community groups to embrace DECENCY and integrate it into both curriculum plans and service projects.

DECENCY is all about:
Active listening
Better understanding
Compassion

Our children need role models. If we can all be civil with one another, we are setting the right example.

HOW TO OBSERVE

On National Decency Day, be mindful about learning to really listen while someone is talking to you.  Appreciate where the other person is coming from and the respect will be returned. Act and react with civility.

  • Start a conversation with “What does Decency mean to you?”
  • Order DECENCY buttons and stickers to wear and share.
  • Encourage your school or local association to become a DECENCY partner
  • Use #NationalDecencyDay to share on social media
  • For more information on DECENCY visit https://www.decency.today

HISTORY

Lisa Cholnoky, a New York City-based parent and graphic designer, established National Decency Day in 2019 to continue a dialogue sparked by her motivation two years prior to address the divisive public discourse around her as well as in the news and on social media. She was determined to make a difference and set out to bring decency back into everyday conversations and actions. Cholnoky designed the DECENCY button and wore it every day. The impact was immediate; the message contagious.

Dismayed at that time by the divisive public discourse around her as well as in the news and on social media, she was determined to make a difference and set out to bring decency back into everyday conversations and actions. Cholnoky designed the DECENCY button and wore it every day.

In July 2017, DECENCY and 535 DECENCY buttons were mailed to each member of U.S. Congress. In September 2017, DECENCY was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, encouraging both sides to reach across the aisle with civility and serve as role models for us all.

Since then, two schools in the country have incorporated DECENCY into their curricula and engaged their local communities in the movement. This is a great opportunity for schools to energize students of all ages to treat everyone with respect and master the art of listening.

By raising awareness, the movement aims to encourage more participants to embrace DECENCY and integrate it into both curriculum plans and service projects.

For further information on Decency contact Lisa Cholnoky @ lisa@decency.today

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Decency Day to be observed on May 14th annually.

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