Next Wednesday –February 26, 2020—is Pink Shirt Day. The origins of this day trace back to 2007, when Nova Scotia secondary students David Shepherd and Travis Price saw a grade nine student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. In an effort to stand up for the student, they purchased 50 pink shirts and distributed them to other students, who wore them in solidarity. Since David and Travis’ act of kindness in 2007, the spirit of their effort has grown each year. Over the past number of years, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations. (For more information, visit the official website for Pink Shirt Day.)
This year’s theme is Lift Each Other Up, “a simple but powerful message encouraging us to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make us unique. When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people.” We expect our students to say ‘no’ to bullying behaviours and will be asking them to say ‘yes’ to encouraging, supporting and uplifting one another. This is a great opportunity to discuss with your child, how might kind words and small actions have meaningful impacts in our community on this day … and all year long?
Please encourage your child to wear a Pink Shirt to school on February 26, 2020. Let’s promote kindness and stand up to bullying this coming Wednesday, and every day.