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OES students wear pink to anti-bullying lunch
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.