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Hope College students create video to end the 'R-word'

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Students at Hope College are joining a national effort to end use of the R-word.

Spread The Word To End The Word is a national campaign encouraging people to create more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. The Ready for Life program at Hope College hopes its video, created as part of the campaign, will eventually go viral.

According to teacher Emily Perton, three students -- Sarah Weatherred, Lucas Johnson, and Aaron Rhodes -- worked to create this video and are part of the transitional program for college-age students with special needs. You can watch the whole video on YouTube at this link.

It is among the many videos being posted on YouTube and on the national R-word.org website.

So far, more than 500,000 online pledges have been made. The annual day of awareness is Wednesday. That's also when Ready for Life will host a free panel discussion -- at 7 p.m. -- at Graves Hall at Hope College. Community members are invited to talk about why the R-word is offensive and derogatory, and hear directly from students. An ice cream social will follow.

You can also join in the conversation using the #Rword hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.