2012 International Day of Pink
Many schools throughout Bluewater will be tinged with pink on Wednesday, April 11 for the International Day of Pink. It is a day to unite and raise awareness in the fight against homophobic, transphobic and all forms of bullying and discrimination. Schools, organizations, workplaces and communities are encouraged to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and organizing appropriately themed activities.
The Day of Pink began in Nova Scotia when two students witnessed the bullying of a gay student who happened to be wearing pink. Not only did the two witnesses refuse to be silent bystanders by intervening.… They also took things a step further by convincing everyone at school to wear pink a few days later to show solidarity. Now each year on the second Wednesday in April, millions around the world wear pink to recognize this critically important occasion.
International Day of Pink activities at Bluewater
Grey Highlands Secondary School in Flesherton is once again having a "pink off", where the students have been challenged to see if they can "out pink" Principal Andrea Tang. The school's Gay Straight Alliance is sponsoring.
Meaford Community School is holding an assembly and also participating in a "stand-up pledge" organized by the Safe School Committee. Students will wear t-shirts with an anti-bullying pledge on the back accompanied by their signatures.
Osprey Central School in Maxwell has been focusing this year on the theme, "Pay it Forward…with respect". The school is having the older students pair up with the younger ones for a "Bucket book" anti-bullying activity. Students colour, decorate and create positive messages on pink paper in the shape of a bucket.
John Diefenbaker Secondary School in Hanover recently held a THINK PINK day which included a fundraiser with pink cupcakes, pink cookies, pink smoothies, a pink-themed BBQ, pink manicures and face painting. There were also pink t-shirts from the JDSS Anti-Bullying Committee. Home room classrooms were challenged to decorate their doors with an anti-bullying/pink theme that was judged on THINK PINK day for a chance to win a class pizza party.