Wednesday, Feb. 27 marked another year of Pink Shirt Day, and another year of spreading the message of anti-bullying across Canada.
Pink Shirt Day was started in 2007 after a Grade 9 student in Nova Scotia was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. A group of friends distributed pink shirts to all the boys in the school as an act of solidarity, and Pink Shirt Day was born.
Since then, the day has grown into an international movement, focusing on spreading kindness and sharing an awareness about bullying.
In Agassiz and the surrounding areas, residents showed their support for the anti-bullying message by dressing in pink.
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As parents ourselves, and given our belief that it is our job to empower and mentor the next generation, we feel strongly about supporting an environment where kids treat one another with respect. @pinkshirtday Encouraging you to #pinkitforward ! Visit www.pinkshirtday.ca
— Sandy Balascak (@SandyBalascak) February 27, 2019
|Pink shirts at AESS on Anti-bullying day (Feb. 27, 2019). (Contributed)|
Schools also got involved. ACE held its annual Pink Shirt Day event at the Agassiz Library, offering face painting and free cupcakes.
Sts’ailes Community School and Kent Elementary joined Pink Shirt Day with other school activities. Kent Elementary students showed off their projects during Identity Day, while Sts’ailes students took their pink shirts to the gym to participate in the Jump Rope for Heart.