February 28 is Pink Shirt Day
February 27th, 2018
On Wednesday, February 28, join us in recognizing Pink Shirt Day. This is a day to stand up against bullying and raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem.
Wear pink to show your support.
Each year, a new pink t-shirt is designed in the region to recognize the day and raise funds. We would like to congratulate Amanda Dierickse from Waterloo Collegiate Institute for winning the 2018 Pink Shirt Design Contest. Amanda says, “I got first involved with bullying when my elementary school had an anti bullying pledge. I think back to it a lot and it helps me make the best decision and be kind to everyone I meet.”
If your class is planning to wear pink on Wednesday, please help us spread the love by tweeting out a picture using the hashtag: #WRDSBpink.
Visit The Record’s website to learn where you can purchase Amanda’s pink t-shirt design.
About Pink Shirt Day
This movement was inspired by the actions of two high school students from Nova Scotia. In 2007, the students witnessed a Grade 9 boy being bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt on his first day of school. Bullies harassed the boy, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up. Disgusted with this treatment, the students went to a nearby discount store and bought 50 pink shirts. Then they went online to email classmates to get them on board with their anti-bullying cause that they dubbed a “sea of pink”. The next day not only were dozens of students outfitted with the discount tees, but hundreds of students showed up wearing their own pink clothes, some head-to-toe.
Pink Shirt Day has grown across Canada as a way to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying.