Kindness is universal – a trait we encourage everyone to openly express every day. The phrase "Make Nice" has been selected as the theme of Pink Shirt Day 2017, and is a friendly reminder that no matter our differences, kindness is always a choice worth making. Being kind and "making nice" is the underlying philosophy behind the anti-bullying movement that we hope will live on beyond Pink Shirt Day.
On February 22, PWSD schools will show their commitment to creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments and promoting healthy relationships by wearing pink shirts and participating in the following activities:
- Students and staff at Beaverlodge Elementary School will wear pink and teachers will share the significance of the day with their classes.
- The Beaverlodge Regional High School Student Leadership Team will host a 'Wear Pink Day' with team-building activities in the school's student gathering area.
- Eaglesham School will wear pink to promote anti-bullying awareness, while shifting the focus to kindness and acceptance of all people.
- Elmworth School will wear pink and the Student Leadership group will host team-building activities for the students during lunch recess.
- Harry Balfour School will host a "Sea of Pink Sock Hop" for all three Grade divisions. Kindergarten-Grade 3 students will dance their morning recess away in the school's large gym starting at 10:26 a.m., followed by Junior High students at 12:28 p.m. during lunch recess. Grades 4-6 students will take their turn during afternoon recess at 2:22 p.m.
- La Glace School has taken Pink Shirt Day to a new level by declaring February as Happy Heart Month. The school kicked off the month with an assembly to generate excitement about the coming events and activities that will focus on the social, emotional and physical health of the heart. During the assembly, students watched the video, Don't Laugh at Me. Classrooms will participate in weekly activities sourced from the Operation Respect website, http://operationrespect.org. Students will celebrate Pink Shirt Day by wearing school-supplied pink wrists bands. To promote the full health of the heart, a greater variety of nutritious snacks will be available free of charge at the canteen, and students will be encouraged to raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation with a Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart event kick-off on February 23.
- Peace Wapiti Academy's Class of 2017 has issued a "Pinkest Class on Pink Shirt Day" school-wide challenge for February 22, with the winner receiving bragging rights and a sweet treat on February 24.
- Savanna School is wearing pink to show support for ending bullying and promoting healthy relationships.
- All staff and participating students at Sexsmith Secondary School will wear pink as a visual reminder that the school environment is welcoming and inclusive for all. Teachers will facilitate classroom discussions on the topic of bullying, emphasizing the importance of ongoing conversations beyond Pink Shirt Day.
- Students and staff at Spirit River Regional Academy will wear pink shirts or pins and acknowledge the importance of promoting kindness and acceptance. High school students will write notes to elementary and junior high students, expressing words of wisdom and encouragement. Students who display random acts of kindness will receive tokens that will be displayed as a visual representation of the number of acts of kindness that can occur in any given day.
- Woking School will provide all students with 'Make Nice' Pink Shirt Day T-shirts.
To learn more about Pink Shirt Day, visit http://pinkshirtday.ca.
Photo Caption: PWSD schools will participate in Pink Shirt Day activities on February 22, 2017.