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Orange Shirt Day at PWPSD schools – Every Child Matters

September 24, 2019

Grande Prairie, AB – Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) students will reflect on the legacy of residential schools during Orange Shirt Day events, the majority of which will align with the official observance on Monday, September 30. Media wishing to attend school events must R.S.V.P to angelasears@pwpsd.ca and check in at the school office upon arrival.  



About Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters
Orange Shirt Day is a reconciliation movement that grew from the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemorative event held in 2013 at Williams Lake, B.C., based on former student Phyllis Webstad's account of having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school. The awareness campaign is an opportunity to continue the discussion on all aspects of residential schools. The September date chosen for the observance reflects the time of year when children were taken from their homes. For more information, visit http://www.orangeshirtday.org.

SchoolDate Event details
Alternative EducationMonday, Sept.30Students and staff will wear orange shirts and come together for a school community lunch. 
Beaverlodge Elementary SchoolWednesday, Oct. 2Students and staff will wear orange shirts to honour residential school survivors, while remembering those who did not. The school will recognize how the residential school system harmed children's self-esteem and wellbeing, and reinforce their commitment to ensuring everyone matters.
Beaverlodge Regional High SchoolMonday, Sept.30Staff and students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt in support of reconciliation. Students will participate in an activity planned by the Student Leadership group.
Bezanson SchoolMonday, Sept.30Staff and students are encouraged to wear orange shirts. Students will take part in Orange Shirt Day activities arranged by the Grade 9 Leadership class.
Bonanza SchoolMonday, Sept.30Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange in support of reconciliation.
Clairmont Community SchoolMonday, Sept.30Students and staff will wear orange shirts.
Eaglesham SchoolMonday, Sept.30Students and staff will wear orange in support of reconciliation and participate in an activity day with Indigenous games, bannock and spruce tea snacks, and storytelling.
Elmworth SchoolMonday, Sept.30Students and staff wear orange shirts and participate in sharing circles/conversations focusing on empathy. A school-wide "Every Child Matters" art project (pictured) features feathers coloured by students who added words to describe how they believe a child should feel at school.
Harry Balfour SchoolMonday, Sept.30Everyone will wear orange shirts.
Helen E. Taylor SchoolMonday, Sept.30Everyone will wear orange shirts.
Hythe Regional SchoolMonday, Sept. 30
Assembly: 2:30 p.m.
Students and staff will wear orange and attend an assembly featuring commentary from the school's Indigenous Liaison, with a round dance to close the event. Junior high mentors worked with elementary students to decorate orange shirts for display throughout the school.
LaGlace SchoolMonday, Sept.30Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange.
Peace Wapiti AcademyMonday, Sept.30Wearing orange in support of communities coming together in a spirit of reconciliation.
Penson SchoolMonday, Sept.30Students and staff will wear orange shirts.
Ridgevalley SchoolMonday, Sept.30
& Friday, Oct. 4
Wearing orange shirts on Monday, followed by a school-wide assembly with an Elder on Friday. Activities by grade groupings. 
Robert W. Zahara Public SchoolMonday, Sept.30Everyone will wear orange shirts and attend an assembly with traditional music and storytelling.
Rycroft SchoolMonday, Sept.30Students are encouraged to wear orange.
Savanna SchoolMonday, Sept.30An assembly and classroom storytelling. Students are encouraged to wear orange shirts.
Sexsmith Secondary SchoolMonday, Sept.30Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange. School-wide assembly with a student-led presentation acknowledging the importance of the day.
Spirit River Regional AcademyMonday, Sept.30Students are encouraged to wear orange. Classroom presentations on residential schools.
Teepee Creek SchoolMonday, Sept.30Students and staff will be wearing orange shirts. Teachers will lead age-appropriate activities and learning about the significance of the day and the background on wearing orange shirts.  
Wembley Elementary SchoolMonday, Sept.30Students and staff will wear orange shirts. 
Whispering Ridge Community SchoolMonday, Sept.30Students and staff will wear orange shirts. Classroom teachers will engage in age-appropriate dialogue and activities to support learning about the importance of the day. 
Woking SchoolMonday, Sept.30Staff and students will wear orange shirts. Classroom teachers will choose age-appropriate learning activities to convey the significance of the day.

 

Photo: The "Every Child Matters" school-wide empathy art project for Orange Shirt Day at Elmworth School. Students coloured feathers and added words describing how they believe a child should feel at school: empowered, happy, joy(ful), loved, heard, safe, glorious, respected, welcome, free, graceful, special, valued, good, relieved, included, accepted, strong, and calm.

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