On Wednesday, February 15 – the students of C.P. Blakely School alongside the community of Sylvan Lake will join together to help stop bullying by celebrating Pink Shirt Day.
Pink Shirt Day is the result of an incident in 2007 in Nova Scotia where a student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of Grade 9. Two fellow students supported their peer by also wearing pink shirts in solidarity, and then went as far as distributing 50 shirts out to other students throughout the school.
“The actions of these two young men, along with their fellow students who wore pink to school in support of another student, are showing all Nova Scotians just how much of a difference individuals can make,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said in a 2007 press release following his proclamation. ”It is an honour to acknowledge their creative and selfless efforts by proclaiming a day at the outset of each school year to relay such a positive message against bullying.”
The movement quickly spread nationwide as sign against bullying.
This will be the third year of the event in Sylvan Lake and is once again put on in conjunction with the Sylvan Lake FCSS Vision for Non Violence Coalition, which supports the effort to end violence and bullying in their community.
Many businesses and groups throughout Town will join C.P. Blakely in solidarity by wearing Pink Shirts and promoting the end of bullying.
The day will begin at the Community Centre at 8:30 a.m. where Grade 5 students will be paired with seniors from Sylvan Lake. This inter-generational learning is designed for students to learn about the importance of not bullying. The students of C.P. Blakely will then begin with a short assembly at 12:40 p.m. in their gym, followed by a community walk. The students of Steffie Woima School will also celebrate their Pink Shirt Day on February 28 at 2:15 in their gym.
Sylvan Lake will once again be using #SLPinkShirtDay so that Sylvan Lakers can promote their groups on social media and show their own commitment to ending bullying in this community.
If you would like more information about Sylvan Lake Pink Shirt Day, you can contact Sylvan Lake FCSS at 403 887 1137. You can purchase a shirt here for the cost of $15.