Every February anti-bullying days pop up around schools across Canada.
With pink shirt day and fun fairs, there’s many events urging everyone to be proactive in the anti-bullying scene. Pink Shirt Day started in Nova scotia in 2007, when a young boy was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. His classmates decided to stand up, buying 50 pink colored t-shirts to wear in defiance of the bully. Now, seven years later, it’s a tradition in all schools to participate in wearing pink.
This year at Phoenix Middle school on Feb. 26, Phoenix Leadership along with Carihi Interact are sponsoring an anti-bullying fun fair. There will be games, face painting, food put on by Phoenix Fitness and Recreation class as well as 10 Bounce-a-Rama rides and games generously donated by the good folks at Bounce-a-Rama. Rides include the surf machine, wrecking ball, balloon typhoon, velcro wall, bungee run, sports world, basketball and the bouncer slide. RCMP Const. Bouwman will be on hand to distribute information regarding anti-bullying. Campbell River Storm players will be on hand if their playoff schedule does not interfere – Go Storm!
Not only this, but Carihi Interact and Phoenix Leadership have taken the goodness up a notch by donating all funds to one of their joint initiatives this year, Education is Power, a local non-profit organization. The organization sponsors school fees for students in Kenya. With zero administrative fees, donating to Education is Power, you know exactly where the money is going.
The fair will be held at 5-8 p.m. in the Phoenix Middle School gym. Games and rides will be a Loonie or a Toonie. Cotton candy, tattoos and photo buttons will be available as well.
Everyone is urged to wear as much pink as possible to raise awareness of the effects of bullying in the school system.