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Feb 21
Pink Shirt Day takes Surrey students to new heights

On Wednesday, we wear pink – and show the world how we lift each other up.

Feb. 26 is Pink Shirt Day, and what started as a small show of solidarity at one school in Nova Scotia has since exploded into a nationwide stand against bullying. To date, more than $2.3 million has been distributed to support youth anti-bullying programs in B.C. and throughout Western Canada.

bridgeview-pink shirt day.jpgThis year's theme is "Lift Each Other Up," and schools in Surrey and White Rock are doing exactly that. Students throughout the district are thinking pink and participating in unique events and activities to show their support. Here's a sample:

  • William Watson Elementary has set up a Kindness Tree on a wall in the hallway where students can write pledges of kindness on pink leaves. The school's Pink Shirt Day assembly will also feature a short film by a Grade 3 class that focuses on kindness and a skit by Grade 7s on bullying.
  • Dance teams from Holly Elementary and North Surrey Secondary will be performing a flash mob at Guildford Town Centre near the fountain/elevator at 12:30 p.m.
  • Jessie Lee Elementary students are writing words of kindness on more than 400 pink pieces of paper, to be redistributed randomly on Wednesday morning. The uplifting notes are anonymous so students won't know whose kind words they've received or who received their thoughtful messages.
  • Bridgeview Elementary is gifting each class with a storybook with a strong anti-bullying message, and has a display case promoting the special day (at right).
  • Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary's Gay-Straight Alliance is handing out buttons with phrases like "Be Kind" to students on Wednesday morning. Additionally, the girls leadership group Pink Panthers have original T-shirts for sale, and the student council will be hosting games in the cafeteria for students.

While Pink Shirt Day is just one day out of the year, its message serves as a reminder to exemplify kindness and care towards each other year-round. For more information, visit www.pinkshirtday.ca

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