Special Olympics Delaware will unite with students in schools at all levels across the state March 7 in a global movement of mutual respect and human dignity called Spread the Word to End the Word.

The goal is to ask people to stop and think about their hurtful and disparaging use of all forms of the word “retard” and take a pledge to promote respect and acceptance for everyone.

Spread the Word to End the Word, in its 10th year, is a campaign created by youth to raise awareness about the negative impact of the slang word “retard(ed)” — or the R-word — and encourage people to stop and think about its derogatory uses in casual conversation. Students in schools across the country are leading the way to challenge people to think before they speak. The motivation for the campaign is driven by the belief that language influences attitudes and that positive attitude change can make the world a more accepting place for people with intellectual disabilities.

Nearly 150 Delaware preschool, elementary, middle and high schools, along with the University of Delaware and the Del Tech Owens and Terry campuses, will be participating in the campaign.

For more, visit sode.org and plungede.org or call 831-3484.