Valerie Allan | Apr 21, 2011
North Addington Education Centre took a stand against bullying on April 13, by declaring it a Day of Pink. Students and staff in the school sported pink shirts, ties, hats and scarves, amongst other items of clothing.
Day of Pink is an international Day against Bullying, Harassment and Homophobia in schools. It was started by two Grade 12 students in a Nova Scotia school after a Grade 9 student was harassed for wearing a pink shirt. The two students went and bought 50 shirts and distributed them to students as a protest against the incident.
Elementary and Secondary staff promoted the event, and Student Council President J.R. Lee designated the 13th as Day of Pink in the Spirit Week schedule. School Houses were awarded points on the basis of the number of students wearing pink.
Principal Angela Salmond was particularly pleased with the turn-out, as she was hosting the secondary principals’ meeting at the school. Other principals were impressed by NAEC’s participation. “It was wonderful to see the whole school participating in this event. I was proud of our students for showing that they are against harassment of any kind. I am hoping for an even bigger number next year,” said Mrs. Salmond.
People interested in finding out more about Day of Pink can consult the website www.dayofpink.org