Students in schools across the District of Kent and the surrounding communities recognized Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 27, 2019. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

VIDEO: Agassiz celebrates Pink Shirt Day

The annual event is meant to help spread the anti-bullying message

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.

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In Agassiz and the surrounding areas, residents showed their support for the anti-bullying message by dressing in pink.

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.

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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.

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