Today students across the country are wearing pink shirts and standing up to bullying for Pink Shirt Day.
Since 2007, schools from across Canada have worn pink to support bullying prevention awareness, anti-bullying education, and programs.
This year’s theme is “Choose Kindness.” Many local schools had assemblies today to celebrate the importance of anti-bullying and doing acts of kindness, including Whitecourt Central School, where students wore pink, performed a dance and sang about the importance of being yourself.
Grade 5 Teacher Chris Landry emcees the assembly each year and speaks about this year’s theme of kindness.
This year Landry says the school has also done some fundraising for a good cause. Teachers encouraged students to bring in $1.00 to get their names into a draw where they would have the chance to spray-paint their teachers’ hair pink. All the money is being donated to an organization called The Kids Fund, which facilitates anti-bullying and kindness programs. While they don’t have exact numbers yet, Landry estimates they have raised about $400 t0 $500.
Pink Shirt Day, which was started by two Nova Scotia high school students in 2007, is recognized not only in Canada but in many countries around the world.