Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Shirt Day


http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2009/02/pink-shirt-day-wednesday-25-february.html. Please click on this link on what I wrote last year.

It was last year at this time when my school, teachers and students alike wore pink. Pink Shirt Day is a way for the community to stand up and show that bullying is not okay.

The first Pink Shirt Day took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, when two 17 year old high school students decided to stand up for a friend who had been harassed for wearing a pink shirt to school.

The boys, David Shepherd and Travis Price, decided that the bullying had to stop. They went to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops, sent out the message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning handed them to students to wear. When the bullied boy walked in, according to Travis Price, "It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders. The bullies were never heard from

Ka pai or good job to all my fellow Canadian bloggers, Barry and Linda and Ruth, for starting this good tradition. Pink Shirt Day is being held on April 14th in Canada this year. Each year it gets bigger and brighter. There with more and more support from schools and organisations.

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Judi Clements says Pink Shirt Day will raise awareness of the link between bullying and depression.

"As recent research and media coverage have highlighted, bullying is a serious problem in New Zealand, and there is a clear link between being bullied and experiencing mental health problems," she says.

"Pink Shirt Day gives us all a chance to make a stand against bullying, raise awareness and discussion of the issues and work towards a society that values equality and respect."

Today, I wore my beautiful pink shirt and taught my little five year olds. I asked them what they knew about bullying. They told me about beating up, punching and kicking. I explained that bullying also involves calling names.

The school is a sea of pink. On my way home, I saw a family. Both grand ma and mum were in pink. They had gone to our Western Springs Park. This perfected my post for outdoors Wednesday.


Stacey 18 said...

What a great concept, I've never heard about it in Australia. We have pink ribbons for breast cancer, red noses for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), why not something the kids will understand. Thanks for such a great story. Keep up the good work.

aurbie said...

Some great things can be done with small ideas, can't they? Bullying is terrible in American schools and no one seems to know what to do about it. They could take a lesson from you!

Come over over and eat some oysters.

Redzlan said...

This is a very good idea.
I will tell PIBG ('Persatuan Ibu-Bapa & Guru') - Parent & Teacher Association about this.
We do have bullying here at my son's school. They ask for money and calling name, even made fun on father's and grandfather's name.

EG CameraGirl said...

Yes, bullying HAS to stop! I didn't realize it was Canadians who started this idea. Cool!

rainfield61 said...

Sorry, I searched around but could not find any pink shirt for this day.

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a great idea! I know bullying has been going on for a very long time, but it seems to be getting more and more prevalent and dangerous. Thank you for sharing Pink Shirt Day with us.

~ Tracy

Carolyn Ford said...

How pretty...a sea of pink! I think technology has created even more intense bullying world wide...it's darn scary!

Cheryl said...

Thank you for sharing such a very important message. Yes, bullying has to be stopped and more awareness raised about how hurtful it is. No one deserves to be bullied.

eileeninmd said...

Great idea, the bullying should be stopped.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann..About Robert Frost's poem that you asked about on my blog....the poem seems to fit my life and the choice I had some time ago and I was happy that I remembered the poem….

and as a teacher, this is such an important topic and I am so happy to see this....Michelle

George said...

Pink Shirt Day is a wonderful idea. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Eden said...

that's a great idea to help support anti-bullying.

Have a great weekend