YAKIMA, Wash.--April 26th marks the first official "Stand Against Racism" Day in Yakima.
Several schools in Yakima and West Valley held assemblies and students took a pledge to speak out against racist ideas.
The staff at Garfield Elementary School said it's a chance to remind their students that words can hurt.
"It's meant to be kind to everyone and to not judge other people or not play with them by their color or their different than you," said Sandy Reyes, the Student Council President. "You have to be nice to everyone."
More than 300,000 people are expected to participate in "Stand Against Racism" events across the nation.
The YWCA in Yakima is holding an event at the South East Community Center Friday night at 6:30.