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From: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:44 PM -0500
Subject:Pink Shirt Day 2018
Students and staff throughout Bluewater District School Board “got their pink on” as part of Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  This annual occasion, now in its 11th year, promotes anti-bullying in schools and communities across Canada.  While Pink Shirt Day is aimed at addressing all forms of bullying, this year’s focus was on the important issue of cyberbullying.

Pink Shirt Day got its start at a Nova Scotia school when two courageous male students took decisive action after witnessing one of their male peers being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.  The two boys responded to the incident by purchasing a supply of pink shirts to distribute to students throughout the school in an effort to demonstrate a “zero tolerance” stance toward bullying.           

Bluewater District School Board promotes its strategic priority to “ensure the well-being of students and staff in a safe, supportive environment for teaching, learning, and working” through a number of year round anti-bullying awareness and wellness initiatives.  Pink Shirt Day is another opportunity for students and staff to show solidarity in this important area.  

Here are a few of the many examples of Pink Shirt Day recognition in Bluewater schools:

Image of "Hanging Bullying Out to Dry" wall display at JDSSJohn Diefenbaker Senior School in Hanover is making Pink Shirt Day a full week campaign with daily music trivia, where students figure out the artist to unveil the secret message about bullying for a chance at winning a class pizza party.  There are also bullying themed homeroom morning discussion starters, and Random Act of Kindness tickets that students can enter in a draw for a prize basket.  Monday’s Spin and Win with Bullying Stats and Facts game allowed students to answer true or false questions to win t-shirts, bracelets, water bottles, JDSS bags, among other prizes.  

On Wednesday for Pink Shirt Day, the school transformed into a sea of pink and hosted a special lunch with Chief Knoll and officers from the Hanover Police Service.  Students were offered free pizza during a chat and Q&A with the chief on bullying, harassment, social media, and other similar topics.  Students from the JDSS mental health class also offered pink face painting and visited lockers to leave positive sticky notes.  

The rest of the week includes the painting of the new Positivity Tree, where leaves will reflect positive thoughts from the students, and a staff vs. student hockey game.

At Kincardine District Secondary School, a Gay Straight Alliance ‘pink’ themed bake sale was held recently with proceeds going toward the purchase of prizes for a Pink Shirt Day anti-bullying poster contest.  

The Hanover Heights Community School Foxes are usually seen proudly wearing orange.  However, for Pink Shirt Day on February 28, they were thrilled to dress in pink.  Students and staff showed their support and said “No!” to bullying by showing their pink colours and taking part in various learning opportunities that encouraged their "Fox 4Rs" of Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, and Reasonableness.  Whether they are wearing orange or pink, everyone in the Fox Den works hard to ensure everyone is treated fairly and kindly!

Group photo image of Hanover Heights Community School students sporting their pink wear
Group photo image of JDSS students and staff forming a sea of pink
Group photo of Ripley-Huorn Community School students and staff in their pink wear outside the school
Photo of t-shirt cut-outs with anti-bulliyng messaging on an "Air Bullying Out - Be the Brave"  bulletin board at Ripley-Huron Community School

Image of pink t-shirt cut-out with message, "Bullying is never okay"Image of pink t-shirt cut-out with message, "Don't look down on someone unless you are helping them up!"
Image of pink t-shirt cut-out with message, "Keep calm and stand up for others"Image of pink t-shirt cut-out with message, "Courage is fire and bullying is smoke"
Image of pink t-shirt cut-out with message, "Be a Buddy, Not a Bully"Image of JDSS students and staff playing "spin the wheel" for pink wear
Image of JDSS students playing "spin the wheel"Image of JDSS staff and students posing for a group photo at their "spin the wheel" table
Image of JDSS students in pink jerseysImage of JDSS students providing face painting
Image of JDSS staff and students wearing pink for a group photoImage of student at table of GSA baked goodies at KDSS
Image of pink t-shirt shaped cake with "Born This Way" message at KDSSImage of pink clad KDSS students and staff posing for a group photo
Image of KDSS students at their pink themed bake sale tableImage of KDSS students indulging in some pink themed tasty treatsImage of JDSS student in pink t-shirt with "Speak Out" black lettering on his hand and a black "x" over his mouth
Image of JDSS staff and students clad in pink and chatting over pizzaImage of JDSS student happily posing in front of the "spin the wheel" tableImage of student showcasing JDSS swag next to the "spin the wheel" table
Image of JDSS student at the "spin the wheel" prize tableImage of pink t-shirt cut-out with message, "Arrete Le Brutage"Image of pink t-shirt cut-out with message, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle"
Image of pink t-shirt cut-out with message, "Don't be a bully - Let everyone's color shine!"Image of JDSS student on a ladder decorating the Positivity Tree