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Recently, two  Sikh Coalition Advocate Academy graduates and volunteers -- Manpreet K. Singh and Harmeet Kaur -- and several Texas community members concluded a community survey of 296 Sikh youth throughout Texas. The survey found that 32.4% of respondents have been teased at school because of their religion or ethnicity. By comparison, a recent U.S. Department of Education report suggests that approximately 28% of all students in American schools experience bullying.

The Sikh Coalition survey also revealed that 21% of Sikh youth respondents in Texas have experienced hitting or unwanted touching, including pulling of their hair and patkas. To read more about the survey, please click here.

The Sikh Coalition is committed to working with the Texas sangat to develop strategies to combat school bullying and promote safer schools for all children.  These survey results are a step in that direction as they can be shared with government officials and school administrators to promote stronger policies and programs against school bullying.

Can you show your support for this initiative?

Can you help us ensure that we can continue this anti-bullying work in Texas and around the country?

One way that you can do that is by participating in this year's Houston Bowl-a-thon.  By supporting the Coalition, you are helping create a better future for Sikh boys and girls in Texas.  You are making sure that they can go to school to learn and realize their full potential.

Make a choice.  Stand up for Sikh kids.  Bowl a Strike For Sikh Rights!

What:  2nd Annual Houston Bowl-a-thon
Where: Copperfield Bowling, Houston
When: June 9 at 1 pm

Register here: www.sikhcoalition.kintera.org/HoustonBowlathon

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Manbeena Kaur
Education Director
The Sikh Coalition
www.sikhcoalition.org