Pink Shirt day started in 2007 in Nova Scotia when a boy was being bullied for wearing pink.
The few students rallied up others to wear pink shirts the next day, spreading the idea of compassion. Now, pink shirt day is observed across the country in schools and workplaces to raise awareness about bullying and its effects.
This year Phoenix Middle School is putting on the second annual anti-bullying fair in collaboration with Phoenix’s Fit and Rec class, as well as Carihi Interact. The fair will have, in attendance, the RCMP safety bear to distribute information about the prevention and control of bullying. Local fire fighters have also been invited.
The fair’s main attractions will be the 10 Bounce-a-rama activities, some of which are sponsored by London Drugs, face painting, cotton candy, and a canteen run by the Fit and Rec class.
The second annual anti-bullying fair will take place Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the Phoenix Middle School gym. Entrance is by donation. All ages are welcome.
The proceeds of the event will go to supporting leadership initiatives hoping to promote diversity through workshops for students.