OES students wear pink to anti-bullying lunch

By on March 5, 2014
Osoyoos Coyotes Jamie Gallo (left) and Aaron Azevedo served students from Osoyoos Elementary School at their Unity Lunch. Eyeing the salad are Marcus and Liam Ruck. The event marked Pink Shirt Day, which sends an anti-bullying message. (Richard McGuire photo)

Osoyoos Coyotes Jamie Gallo (left) and Aaron Azevedo served students from Osoyoos Elementary School at their Unity Lunch. Eyeing the salad are Marcus and Liam Ruck. The event marked Pink Shirt Day, which sends an anti-bullying message. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students at Osoyoos Elementary School dressed in pink shirts and ate together in the gym at the Sonora Community Centre as their way to speak out against bullying last Thursday.

The “Unity Lunch” was to mark Pink Shirt Day, a day on which people wear pink shirts to raise awareness about bullying.

The actual date of Pink Shirt Day was Wednesday, Feb. 26, but schools closed early that day for staff development.

The event was the second year for the lunch, said Amy Robinson of the school’s Parent Advisory Council.

“We don’t have bullying, but we want to support [Pink Shirt Day] in a way that’s good for our community,” she said.

Robinson noted that 320 students and 25 staff at the school were participating in the event and numerous parent volunteers and others were helping.

Among the volunteers were members of the Osoyoos Coyotes hockey team, who served food to students when they lined up in the lobby.

Many students wore pink shirts with anti-bullying messages, though some without pink shirts wore their red school jerseys.

Pink Shirt Day was started by students David Shepherd and Travis Price in Berwick, Nova Scotia in 2007. They bought and distributed pink shirts after a Grade 9 student, Charles McNeill, was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school.

In B.C., former premier Gordon Campbell proclaimed Feb. 27 to be anti-bullying day in 2008.

Students at Osoyoos Secondary School wore pink on Feb. 26, even though their school day also ended early.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

Coyotes Jamie Gallo (left) and Aaron Azevedo served food to students from Osoyoos Elementary School at the school's Unity Lunch marking Pink Shirt Day. Students wore pink or red to send an anti-bullying message. (Richard McGuire photo)

Coyotes Jamie Gallo (left) and Aaron Azevedo served food to students from Osoyoos Elementary School at the school’s Unity Lunch marking Pink Shirt Day. Students wore pink or red to send an anti-bullying message. (Richard McGuire photo)

Coyotes Brendan Smith, Wyatt Trumbley and Luc Gradisar served food to children from Osoyoos Elementary School last week when the school held its Unity Lunch to mark Pink Shirt Day and send an anti-bullying message. (Richard McGuire photo)

Coyotes Brendan Smith, Wyatt Trumbley and Luc Gradisar served food to children from Osoyoos Elementary School last week when the school held its Unity Lunch to mark Pink Shirt Day and send an anti-bullying message. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children in Grade 6 at Osoyoos Elementary School performed with cups at the school's Unity Lunch Feb. 27. The event marked Pink Shirt Day. From left in the foreground are: Emilia Dyck, Alex Brunner, Manveer Sandhu and Jashne Wright. (Richard McGuire photo)

Children in Grade 6 at Osoyoos Elementary School performed with cups at the school’s Unity Lunch Feb. 27. The event marked Pink Shirt Day. From left in the foreground are: Emilia Dyck, Alex Brunner, Manveer Sandhu and Jashne Wright. (Richard McGuire photo)

Sienna Vieira (left) and Kaitlyn Hillson write messages of love on the pink paper table top at Osoyoos Elementary School's Unity Lunch. The event marked Pink Shirt Day, which raises awareness about bullying, and like many others, the girls wore pink. (Richard McGuire photo)

Sienna Vieira (left) and Kaitlyn Hillson write messages of love on the pink paper table top at Osoyoos Elementary School’s Unity Lunch. The event marked Pink Shirt Day, which raises awareness about bullying, and like many others, the girls wore pink. (Richard McGuire photo)

 

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